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Uber Taiwan is under an uber amount of fire.

CNA reports that the Supreme Administrative Court has ruled Uber and Lalamove, another taxi service provider, in violation of the law.

UberEATS is also a no-go, says the courts.

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) requested that Apple and Google remove any Uber apps from their app stores immediately … to “protect the rights of consumers in Taiwan.”

The government says it’s determined to crack down on illegal taxi services, but held out an olive branch by saying that if companies obey relevant laws, the gov’t will actually assist them in getting legal permits to operate in Taiwan.

Officials say they recently helped GoGoVan, a delivery business similar to UberEATS, get the needed licenses to operate as a “cargo shipping” business.

The government’s position is simple: it provides taxpayer-funded subsidies to taxi operators who are required to offer safe and professional services … Uber has to follow the same legal requirements.

On top of these disappointing court results for Uber, the “ride-sharing” company’s food delivery service was slapped with over NT$600,000 in fines yesterday — the first day it began operations.

What are your thoughts on Uber?

(Photo via CNA — a woman holds an UberEATS menu on a tablet computer)

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