Exclusive: Government may ban Uber in Turkey

The General Directorate of Security acted against the US-based personal taxi application that is used by the whole world. From now on, both the drivers and passengers will be fined if they continue to use unlicensed Uber services in Turkey.

There’s a long fight going on between local taxi drivers and Uber, after the escalating tension between two groups, the Turkish government banned Uber nation-wide.

According to the new order, if Uber driver is not the owner of the car, he will be punished with the fine of 2.532 Turkish Lira ($714.59). If the driver owns the car, the amount of fine rises to 4.220 TL ($1190.98) and the car gets confiscated for 60 days.


“We are acting in accordance with the law, we will not stop our operations”  Says the Uber Turkey.


The service, which underlines that they are not a transportation company, but a global technology company that brings together drivers and passengers only. Having said that all permits were received from the local municipalities and ministry, Uber announced that they are acting legally in Turkey and will continue to support drivers nation-wide.

The Istanbul Taxi Service described Uber as “pirate”.