The country’s Superintendency of Industry and Commerce (SIC) said Uber, with 2.3 active users and roughly 88,000 driver partners in Columbia, violated market rules. The decision follows a lawsuit filed against the company by COTECH SA.
The SIC ordered Uber’s ride-hailing services “through the use of the Uber application to cease immediately.” The order impacts Uber, Uber X and Uber VAN.
In a statement, the SIC said Uber generated “a significant advantage in the market” by rendering transport services for individuals via its app.
Columbia’s Technology Ministry approves ride-hailing apps as legal while transport authorities say they are against the law.
“This decision reflects an act of censorship and infringes on the Inter-American Convention on Human Rights, which has already condemned attempts to block Uber for violating the neutrality of the web, liberty of expression and freedom of internet,” Uber said in a statement, immediately appealing the SIC’s decision.
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