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Uber to suffer as India follows Spain in issuing nationwide ban

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By John McCarthy, Opinion editor

December 10, 2014 | 2 min read

The Indian government has pushed for a nationwide ban of all internet taxi firms as the international community clamps down on the unregulated services - a move which will cripple Uber's presence in the region.

Internet taxi firms have been banned in India

Following the service’s city-wide ban in New Delhi, issued earlier this week after an unregistered driver raped a 26-year-old female passenger, India’s home ministry has expanded the restriction.

S Roy Biswas, Delhi's deputy commissioner of transport, said, according to BBC News: “All other transport/taxi service providers through web-based technology, who are not recognised, are prohibited from providing such services... till they get licence/permission from the transport department.”

Uber has yet to comment on the ban.

On Tuesday, the app was also fully suspended in Spain, with unlicensed drivers warned they will face considerable fines.

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