An Uber Technologies Inc. employee in Amsterdam was arrested after refusing to cooperate with inspectors raiding the company’s offices.
“The company wasn’t cooperating during the raid, so one employee has been arrested,” Elif Bagci, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Environment and Infrastructure’s inspection department, said by phone. She declined to identify the employee. The inspectors raided Uber’s Amsterdam’s office for additional information following an inspection last week.
“Uber continues to cooperate with the Dutch authorities, but wants to safeguard the privacy of Uberpop drivers and passengers,” the company said in an e-mailed statement sent via an external communications agency. The company didn’t immediately return calls for additional comment.
Uber’s ride-sharing application UberPop was ruled in violation of local taxi regulations by a Dutch court in December. The traffic and transport inspection has so far caught 27 drivers using the app and Uber was ordered to pay a maximum fine of 100,000 euros ($108,000) on March 6. Uber has appealed the ruling and is still operating its basic UberPop service while the case is pending.
While Uber’s global growth prospects helped it win a $40 billion valuation last year, Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick’s expansion plans have been threatened in Europe by obstacles ranging from slow adoption, protesting taxi drivers and outright bans. UberPop was prohibited in Germany in March and police raided the company’s Paris offices the same month.
European Union regulators are reviewing complaints filed by Uber against legislation in Germany, France and Spain.