The Moscow authorities have threatened to ban Uber


The Department of transport of Moscow intends to address in law enforcement and judicial authorities with a demand to ban mobile application Uber on the territory of Moscow, said the head of Department Maxim Liksutov in an interview “Газете.Ru”. On this the Department will have to go if the Uber guide in the near future will sign the necessary agreements associated with the conditions in the market. Moscow Department of transport Uber requires compliance with two conditions: “to work only with legitimate taxi drivers” that has permission to taxi operations, and “to transmit data on the movement of cars around the city,” explained Liksutov.

At Uber were willing to sign such an agreement before the end of 2015, but then in the company, citing corporate procedures, asked for a postponement until the end of January, and the last request was — “wait ten more days,” said Liksutov.

The corresponding agreement on information cooperation at the Department of transport has already signed with the service “Yandex.Taxi” and Gett (LLC “Gettax Rus”). Under the agreement, the company passed orders only those drivers who have permission to taxi operation, explained previously, representative of the Moscow Department of transport.

The agreement with the Department of transport had indeed been discussed, confirmed a representative of Uber in Russia Evgenia Shipova. Postponing the signing of the agreement related to the scale of the company Uber, said Shipov. “Uber is a big company, and internal procedures for the approval of important documents sometimes take longer than we would have wanted,” said Shipov. She assured that at the moment the company has “agreed with the Moscow government on the final version of the document and are ready to sign”.

“Over the past year, some of our services felt some resistance in the different countries of the world. But we are in constant dialogue with regulators” — said in an interview with the Vice President and minority co-owner of Uber, Ryan graves.

Uber now operates in seven Russian cities — Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and Rostov-on-don. In addition, the company has ambitious plans: by the end of 2016, the service plans to reach ten new cities in Russia. Coverage in 17 cities can make American company leader in the number of cities of presence. For comparison: the leader of the Russian market to order a taxi online — “Yandex.Taxi” now operates in 14 cities, plans for expansion for the current year the company refused to talk. Service Gett, an Israeli entrepreneur Shahar Weiser now operates in ten Russian cities. A company representative declined to discuss with the development plans for 2016, specifying only that Gett “interested in all Russian cities”.

At the end of 2015 at “Yandex.Taxi” was about 60% of the Moscow market of taxi, Gett — 20%, and Uber — not more than 10%, have counted in Moscow trading-industrial chamber. In the Uber refuse to call and the number connected to the application vehicles and the number of committed trips. Thus, graves argues that Uber scale in Russia is inferior to competitors. “In Russia we don’t really very large, but in the USA about us said the same thing two years ago. We start here in 2013, truly to grow, to scale the business only started in 2015”, said graves.

Uber, operating in 400 locations in 68 countries, is the most expensive startup in the world. Total investment in the company more than $8.6 billion Last round took place in December of last year, Bloomberg wrote: then Uber raised $2.1 billion by assessing the entire business at $62,5 billion among the shareholders of the company, there are Russian investors. For example, in summer 2015 in Uber “several tens of millions of dollars” invested in the USM holding Alisher Usmanov and his partners wrote .