Uber considers comeback to Norway

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Ride-hailing company Uber considers coming back to Norway after a recent survey reflected positive attitude by Norwegian consumers, online newspaper E24 reported Thursday

Norwegian parliament Storting passed the amendments to the Commercial Transport Act this summer.

The new law abolishes limits for number of licenses in the big cities, as well as requirement for professional competence of license holders, while the requirement for taxi license will remain.

“For us, it is important that we can operate in any market according to local requirements and regulations, and we see that the type of reform that Norway is now going to implement, and which Finland implemented last year, can do just that,” Joel Jarvinen, CEO of Uber Nordics, told E24.

UberPOP no longer exists, but other services are now relevant for Norwegian roads again, Jarvinen said.

Uber cancelled its most important and unlicensed service UberPOP in Norway in 2017, and accepted a 5 million kroner (551,268 U.S. dollars) fine for breach of the Occupational Transport Act.

Uber’s licensed and high-end services UberBLACK, UberXXL and UberLux continued to operate.

“It is still too early to say when and how we will return, because there are still some details about the legislation we must clarify before we can confirm the return,” Jarvinen told E24.

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