Uber will expand into Italy through a taxi partnership

For years, Uber has faced opposition from taxi drivers in Italy. Now, the company is signing a partnership with the country’s largest taxi delivery service.

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Aiming to expand the company’s presence in the country, Uber IT Taxi has signed a partnership with Italy’s largest taxi delivery service.

The deal will allow 12,000 IT taxi drivers to take trips through the Uber app, covering 90 cities across the country, according to a statement released Tuesday.

This comes at a time when Uber and other ride-hailing apps are battling an ongoing driver shortage, resulting in higher fares and longer waiting times.

Uber said the deal would help the firm expand its presence in Italy, Europe’s fourth-largest economy.

It follows a similar agreement reached by Uber in New York in March. The company has partnerships with Taxi Group in Hong Kong, Madrid and San Francisco.

“This is a truly historic agreement among our most strategically important markets worldwide,” Dara Khosroshahi, CEO of Uber, said in a statement.

“We firmly believe that Taxi and Uber are good together, and we are committed to making it a long-term trust and partnership in the future.”

Over the years, the company has faced opposition from Italian taxi drivers. The company was targeted in 2017 by taxi drivers who accused it of being involved in unfair competition. That same year, an Italian court blocked the company for anti-competition concerns, but it was later overturned.

Now, its platform is set to be open to thousands of taxi drivers across the country.

Uber declined to share the full financial terms for the deal. A company spokesman said it took a certain commission for access to its taxi service platform. In Spain, Uber charges 12%.

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