Madrid asks anti-trust watchdog to examine Uber’s new airfield service

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MADRID (Reuters) – Authorities in Madrid asked Spain’s anti-trust watchdog on Saturday to examine either Uber’s new low-cost airfield send use constitutes astray competition.

The city council’s ask follows a ride-hailing app’s lapse to a Spanish collateral final year after a CNMC foe regulator called for a supervision to lift a anathema on a U.S. company.

The firm’s recently launched Uber Airport use offers a tariff of 15-29 euros for a float between Madrid’s Barajas general airfield and a city center. Standard cab fares for a outing are firm during 30 euros.

“(Uber Airport) could violate several articles of a Law of Unfair Competition and consumer rights, if it is proven that a use is being operated during prices next operational costs and with a solitary goal of gaining business by astray competition,” Madrid City Council pronounced in statement.

No one during Uber could immediately be reached to comment.

Uber, that stretched into Europe 6 years ago, has come underneath conflict from determined cab companies and some EU countries since it is not firm by despotic internal chartering and reserve manners that request to some of a competitors.

Spanish cab drivers have hold 3 strikes so distant this year, arguing that ride-hailing apps, that are regulated in Spain underneath VTC licenses typically used for private, chauffeur-driven vehicles, consecrate astray foe since they do not accommodate stream regulations and compensate reduction tax.

According to cab unions, in Spain there is one VTC permit for each 11 unchanging taxis, good over a 1/30 ratio determined underneath Spanish law in 2015.

In Madrid, a usually Spanish city where Uber is now active, there are some-more than 2,000 VTC-licensed taxis and about 15,000 normal taxis, according to total from a Ministry of Public Works.

In May, a European Court of Justice (ECJ) dealt a blow to a association by statute that it should be deliberate a ride use and not an app.

Reporting by Sam Edwards; Editing by Helen Popper

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