Despite working with authorities to legally launch its private and luxury car services in Amsterdam, Uber’s regular taxi service, uberPOP, hasn’t enjoyed a very warm welcome. Bloomberg reports that Dutch police yesterday arrested four drivers for using the Uber app to provide taxi services in the city, leaving them with a possible fine of €4,200 euros ($5,300) each. To bring them down, a Ministry of Environment & Infrastructure spokesperson said that four inspection officials posed as passengers and found they were not operating with the correct permits. The company, of course, isn’t new to all of this, having been targeted in London, Brussels and numerous German cities in recent months. While Uber believes the action is “unjustified and disproportional,” Dutch authorities certainly aren’t willing to hang around — those first four arrests came just four days after uberPOP officially launched in the city.
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