TAXI app Uber has been banned in Spain, and is to stop all operations immediately.
According to a high court judge, Uber drivers ‘lack the administrative authorisation to carry out the job’ and stand as unfair competition to legitimate taxi drivers.
The Madrid Taxi Association has been protesting against the San Francisco-based company for months, leading to today’s temporary legal action.
Uber has faced strong opposition globally from some governments as well as established taxi firms, including London’s ‘black cab’ drivers.
The company does not own cars or employ drivers, but connects customers and vehicles through its app.
The judge insisted that the ruling is not a philosophical statement on the ‘sharing economy’, but is simply intended as a precautionary measure.
The ruling comes just one day after the taxi app was banned in the Indian capital Delhi following the alleged rape of a passenger by an Uber driver.
Uber has expanded exponentially since its 2009 launch, and now operates in more than 250 cities across 50 countries.