Dutch prosecutors say they have raided Uber’s European headquarters in Amsterdam as part of a criminal investigation into whether the company is offering illegal taxi services.
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS (SEPTEMBER 29, 2015) (REUTERS) – Dutch prosecutors said on Tuesday (September 29) they have raided Uber’s European headquarters in Amsterdam as part of a criminal investigation into whether the company is offering illegal taxi services.
A spokeswoman for the Netherlands’ national financial crimes prosecutor said Uber had previously been fined 450,000 euros by the country’s Transport Inspectorate for allowing unlicensed drivers to offer taxi services through its UberPOP ride-sharing service.
“Public prosecutors are investigating Uber, the investigation is based on the possible offence of the personal transport law by UberPOP. We believe that private drivers who don’t have necessary taxi licences offer taxi rides via UberPOP,” said financial public prosecutor Thomas Bosch.
The spokeswoman earlier said although agents from the Transport Inspectorate raided the company’s offices in March, this time prosecutors were involved and they have seized administrative information.
Prosecutors will decide within “months” whether they will bring charges against the company or individuals working there, she said.
“We are going to study the administrative papers we have taken in custody and we shall take testimonies from the people and on the basis of the result of this investigation we shall see what kind of picture will come out and what are the possible criminal consequences,” Bosch said.
Uber is challenging a December 2014 court ruling that found the UberPOP service violates Dutch law.