Latest in Crime

Image credit:

Uber's CEO is now a wanted man in South Korea

Daniel Cooper, @danielwcooper
December 24, 2014
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

2014's been a year to forget for Travis Kalanick, but since there's still a week to go before 2015, there's one more nasty surprise waiting for him. South Korea has indicted Uber's CEO on charges of operating an illegal taxi service in the country, which could see him slapped with an $18,000 fine, or two years in jail. According to Yonhap News, Uber, along with its rental agency, MK Korea, has broken local laws specifically preventing car-rental businesses from operating as a passenger-transport service.

Like, er, almost every other place the service has launched, Uber has been met with anger from local taxi drivers, who feel that the company is playing fast and loose with safety. Earlier this year, Seoul's city council banned Uber from operating, and will pay a bounty of around $910 to anyone who reports illegal activity to the authorities. The company has already released a response, saying it believes that Uber is legal in the country, and that it doesn't believe "it is appropriate for authorities to seek to punish drivers who are trying to make a living through this service." Chin up Travis, you've still got time to add "appease South Korea" to your list of New Year's resolutions.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's 2020 Back-to-School Guide

Engadget's 2020 Back-to-School Guide

View
Apple is reportedly planning 'Apple One' subscription bundles

Apple is reportedly planning 'Apple One' subscription bundles

View
Huge video game companies are exposing Apple's iOS hypocrisy

Huge video game companies are exposing Apple's iOS hypocrisy

View
Netflix confirms it's adding playback speed controls to its Android app

Netflix confirms it's adding playback speed controls to its Android app

View
Galaxy Watch 3 review: The best non-Apple smartwatch

Galaxy Watch 3 review: The best non-Apple smartwatch

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr