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Uber is now banned in all of Italy

Travel + Leisure logo Travel + Leisure 11/04/2017 Travel + Leisure Staff
Uber Italy © Getty Images Uber Italy Don't count on taking an Uber from Prati to Trastevere anytime soon — or anywhere else in the entire country of Italy, for that matter.

A judge ruled against Uber Friday in a lawsuit filed by Italy's major taxi associations, according to Reuters, claiming the smartphone-based transportation company promotes unfair competition.

General view of the Uber app open at a taxi rank in Dublin. © Press Association General view of the Uber app open at a taxi rank in Dublin. While Uber services have been legally limited in other European countries, this is the first time it has been blocked completely, including Black, LUX, SUV, X , XL, Vans, and Select. It is also banned from advertising its services in the country.

Italian taxi drivers have organized for many an Uber-related protest, including an official nation-wide strike in March, and a six-day strike in the end of February that led to clashes between drivers and police.

Uber's Italy unit is “shocked” and plans to appeal the decision, Reuters reported.

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