French court fines Uber, executives for running illegal service

A taxi passes by an advertisement for the Uber car and ride-sharing service displayed on a bus stop in Paris, France.
A taxi passes by an advertisement for the Uber car and ride-sharing service displayed on a bus stop in Paris, France.PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (REUTERS) - Ride-hailing service Uber Technologies and two of its executives were fined by a French court on Wednesday (June 8) for running an illegal transport service using non-professional drivers.

The Paris criminal court ordered Uber to pay 800,000 euros (S$1.2 million), half of it suspended, and imposed smaller fines on Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, head of Europe, Middle East and Africa for Uber, and Thibaud Simphal, the company's general manager for France.

The case concerned the low-cost Uber POP service, which connected users via a smartphone app with non-professional drivers using their own cars.

Uber has since shut down the service after the government banned it under pressure from licensed taxi drivers.