Lawsuit forces Uber to stop operating in Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – Uber said on Friday it will stop operating in Colombia following stiff opposition from taxi drivers’ unions and a lawsuit that said the ride-sharing app was breaking local transport laws.

In a statement, Uber said it will cease operating in Colombia on February 1, and will comply with a December ruling by Colombia’s Superintendency for Industry and Commerce that had ordered the app to shut down.

The company said it will appeal the ruling, which it described as “arbitrary” and in violation of a free trade agreement between Colombia and the United States that protects subsidiaries of American companies.

File photo shows taxi drivers striking to pressure the government to ban the ride-sharing app Uber, in Bogota, Colombia. PHOTO: AP