On March 10, the National Assembly passed a revision to the Passenger Transport Service Act.
Uber cannot do business in Korea if the revision passes the plenary session scheduled for April, because it prohibits services such as those provided by Uber and rent-a-car-based taxi business. Specifically, Uber X and Uber Black are expected to be affected by the revision.
Uber stopped both the services for the general public in Korea last week. The Uber Black service is currently available only for foreigners and the disabled.
“We have taken measures, including business structure adjustment and negotiations with Seoul City, so that our services in Korea are legal,” Uber Korea explained, adding, “Still, some lawmakers are trying to drive us out despite our efforts to comply with the law.”
Uber Korea, in the meantime, recently placed a job posting in Seoul to hire employees to handle government relations and expand its services.