Uber Technologies Inc and its CEO Travis Kalanick , along with the head of South Korea domestic business partner MK Korea Co, have been charged with violation of the transportation law of the country.
Uber has come under growing number of legal challenges as it seeks to expand its operations in Asia amid strong protests from taxi operators.
Seoul Metropolitan Government has said that it might be going to ban Uber’s service for two reasons: it is unsafe and competes with licensed taxi services already available. It also hinted that a reward of upto $905 will be offered to those providing information about services of Uber.
An official from Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office told Bloomberg by phone that MK Korea and Uber’s South Korea operations are using illegal rental cards as taxis. The official did not comment when asked if the South Koreans government expected that Kalanick will make himself available for questioning.
Uber has said that it is “confident” that the court will deliver its verdict based on “sensible judgement.” Uber’s South Korea office has distributed an email statement which reads:
“We firmly believe that our service, which connects drivers and riders via an application, is not only legal in Korea, but that it is being welcomed and supported by consumers.”