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Uber Drivers Face Criminal Probes From Finland’s Police

  • Drivers being probed for not having the required taxi permits
  • Uber remains available in Finland, but drivers risk fines
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Uber drivers in Finland are facing possible criminal prosecution and hefty fines as part of a police crackdown against drivers who lack the required taxi permits.

Pekka Seppala, an inspector at the Helsinki Police Department, said in an interview that about 50 drivers in the city are currently being investigated. Uber Technologies Inc.’s app remains available in Helsinki -- there’s no law against it as is the case in other cities around the world -- but drivers are required to have a permit, which few drivers have, according to the police.