Police won’t stop Uber taxis in Denmark

Prosecutor: no investigation based on current material

Uber, a company with headquarters in San Francisco that operates an app-based transportation network and taxi company, was reported to the police soon after announcing its planned Danish launch, but this has had little effect, Børsen reports.

Uber launched in Copenhagen on November 19. Both the transportation authority Trafikstyrelsen and the taxi organisation Dansk Taxi Råd have reported the company to the Copenhagen Police.

Too flimsy
But Vibeke Thorkil-Jensen, the head of public prosecution, told Børsen that no action would be taken. “We don’t have any immediate plans to commence investigations, much less raise charges against Uber,” she said.

“The material up to now has been too flimsy for us to think that it makes sense to start an actual investigation.”

She did not reject, however, the notion that charges could be brought against the company at a later date. “Time will tell. We will ask Trafikstyrelsen to find out how the authorities in other countries have dealt with these concerns. On the background of that we will come to a final assessment,” she explained.

Trafikstyrelsen and Dansk Taxi Råd accuse Uber of running ‘black’ taxis. “We believe that they are conducting commercial transport without a licence,” Niels Remmer, an office head at Trafikstyrelsen said.

“If the police want more information from us, that’s of course something we will have to look at.”