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1,500 Uber drivers facing prosecution

DENMARK’S top court has said four drivers should be fined for working for Uber, paving the way for around 1,500 other drivers to be prosecuted for operating taxis illegally.

The Supreme Court backed lower courts’ rulings fining the men, who were not named.

A driver who took 399 rides was fined 40,000 krone (£4,780) while another who took 5,427 rides was fined 486,500 krone (£58,133).

Danish prosecutors had put on hold some 1,500 other similar cases while they waited for the Supreme Court ruling.

The drivers did not have licences to operate a taxi, as required even of Uber drivers.

Denmark introduced a law in February 2017 that required taxi drivers to have seat occupancy sensors and meters, leading Uber to shut down its services in Denmark.