Taxi drivers and Colombian users of Uber are butting heads over a government ban on the ride-sharing company.
Amid threats of a strike by yellow taxis, the Transportation Ministry this week declared illegal all smartphone applications that facilitate the hiring of cabs that aren't registered for that purpose.
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Taxi drivers around the world fearing a loss of business from Uber's credit card-only, spruced-up service have challenged the Delaware-based company on similar grounds.
The service has won an especially loyal following in Colombia since arriving earlier this year. The reason is simple: a fear of being ripped off or even assaulted by taxi drivers with a reputation for violence.
A spokeswoman for Uber on Wednesday said the company hadn't been notified of the ban and continues to operate normally.