If you’re working at Uber, then this week has been anything but relaxing for you. Uber got banned in New Delhi, suspended in Netherlands and now the City of Portland is suing them.
Uber launched its services in Portland on Friday, but the city’s Transportation Bureau is already up in arms against them.
The dispute is one which Uber has faced previously. Portland has laws for how hire vehicles must be licensed and they want Uber to follow those laws. Until Uber does that, the Transportation Bureau want them to shut down operations within city limits. The city has issued a cease and desist order commanding Uber to halt operations, and is asking the court to step in and make it so.
If Uber continues to operate in the city, both the company and individual drivers will have to face some pretty massive fines. Each time they’re caught, it’s a $1,500 ticket to the company and at least $2,250 in fines to the driver.
Uber has been notorious when it comes to fulfilling legal demands in the cities they operate in. Unlike most major cities where Uber has launched, Portland officials have made it quite clear that they’re willing to go fine drivers directly. Unless Uber is promising to foot the bill for those $2,000+ tickets when they arise, it might be tough to get drivers behind the wheel.