Finland Statism

FINLAND: STATE PUNISHES UBER TAXI DRIVER WITH HEFTY FINES FOR FREE MARKET ENTREPRENEURSHIP……

Statists and their business cronies……

Why in the world does a citizen need approval from the state to operate a taxi service? The only reason as to why they do, is direct lobbying from big taxi services that have used government to reward themselves with an almost complete monopoly of the market. There is no reason as to why individuals shouldn’t be able to compete is the sector freely.

Helsinki Uber driver ordered to pay state 12,000 euros

The Helsinki District Court has found a 23 year-old man guilty of illegally operating as a taxi driver in Helsinki. The man, who worked for three and a half months as a driver with the ride-sharing service Uber, received a 25-day fine amounting to 150 euros and was also ordered to surrender his ill-gotten gains – estimated at 12,000 euros – to the state.

Uber-taksi tilataan älypuhelimen sovelluksen avulla. Yhtiön Tukholmassa käyttämät autot ovat tavallisia rekisteröityjä takseja.
Taxis used by Uber in Stockholm are regular registered taxis. Image: Yle

A 23 year-old man who worked as a taxi driver for the ride-sharing service Uber was found guilty by the Helsinki District Court Tuesday of illegally plying the trade.

The court sentenced the man, who had worked as a taxi driver for three and a half months, to pay fines amounting to 150 euros. He was also ordered to hand over 12,250 euros to the state, which the court estimated as his gross earnings during the period.

The court found that the man had operated the taxi service without the required authorization between May and August last month.

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