The Cluj Tribunal has ruled on Thursday that Uber has no legal permits to operate in Cluj-Napoca. The ruling is not final though.
The ruling orders that „the unfair competition practices carried out by SC Uber Systems Romania SRL and Rasier Operations B.V should stop and banned, as they involve transport for persons without having the legal permits in Cluj-Napoca.” The ruling can be challenged by appeal within 30 days.
The Taxi Transilvania Monitoring Association has sued Uber in 2016 soon after the US ridesharing company had come in Cluj-Napoca. In a press release on Thursday, the Association says that „even the courts in Romania names the activity carried out by Uber as one of a form of transport that has no legal authority in this regard.”
Cluj-Napoca has been the second city in Romania where Uber entered. “The service will be available for the inhabitants of Cluj and for the tourists visiting the city starting the first week of August (…) Our commitment to the local community involves more than a safe and reliable transport option for users and an economic flexible option for drivers,” Nicoleta Schroeder, general manager Uber Romania said back then.
Uber has been present in Romania since February 2015, more precisely in Bucharest, with three services: UberX, UberSELECT and Uber Child Seat.
According to a ranking of the main destinations for the customers using the app in the Capital city, Henri Coanda International Airport ranks first, followed by, the North Railway Station, the Old Town and the major malls in the city.
Uber retorted it is very disappointed with this decision and it will challenge it by appeal. Uber representatives also said that services like Uber need to be regulated and that they will continue dialogue with the authorities in this regarding and that they are taking proactive steps towards a licensed pattern.