Uber Technologies – the ride-hailing company will stop operating in Colombia at the end of this month (Jan 31). Uber will be shutting down in Colombia following a court order late last year which Uber on Friday called “arbitrary” and a violation of its right to due process.
Uber Colombia has also tweeted on its official twitter handle Saying “Goodbye … hopefully, see you soon”. Check out the tweet below:
The decision comes after the SIC’s decision against Uber, in which an administrative judge ordered the platform to stop incurring “unfair competition practices.”
It was confirmed that after the decision of the SIC, on December 20, Uber will no longer function after midnight on February 1, 2020.
The company called the decision “arbitrary” and the move comes after it was known that the lawyers of the company, based in California, USA. In the US, they plan to sue the Colombian State for an alleged violation of the free trade agreement (FTA) with that country.
According to Uber, the decision of the SIC, which resolves a process of unfair competition that began in 2016 by Cotech (operator of Free Taxis), “goes against the Colombian legal system, violating due process and constitutional rights.”
Although on December 20 Uber appealed this ruling and the final decision will be taken by the Superior Court of Bogotá, the judge issued a decision of a devolutive nature, so that the effect legally must be immediate.
Uber in Colombia, which arrived 6 years ago, is used by more than 2 million users and 88,000 driving partners in the national territory. Since the platform decided to start paying the VAT tax (2018 and 2019) it contributed a total of 35,000 million pesos.
Despite the announcement, given that the SIC decision did not include the Uber Eats home delivery service, this division of the app will continue to function normally.
Check out some of the tweets by Uber Colombia users:
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