Uber Car Year Requirements for UberX & XL (2017)

Uber Car Year Requirements 2016

Uber Car Year Requirements for UberX & XL (2017) and Accepted Vehicle Models for UberX and UberXL

What are the Uber Car Year Requirements in 2017? Every year, Uber updates their list of vehicle standards and requirements. For drivers, this policy mainly affects one thing: how old your car is allowed to be. 

On March 1st, 2016, Uber began transitioning away from its old X and XL policies, which often mandated that vehicles be no older than Year 2000 models.

Why does Uber keep changing the model date requirements for X and XL vehicles? 

Local regulations change with time, and Uber wants to avoid violating commercial vehicle regulations in the cities where it operates. The company also wants to make sure their drivers’ vehicles aren’t too old —  keeping assembly/manufacturing dates within 15 years helps avoid mechanical and safety issues.Keep in mind that the Uber Car Year Requirements for UberX & XL (2017) may differ as soon as next year.

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Uber Car Age/Model Year Requirements (2016):

The company’s new, revised vehicle-age requirements greatly differ by city, so we’ve compiled a list of cities and car model years for UberX and UberXL below.

All years indicate the vehicle’s maximum allowable age for UberX and XL (in other words, 2006  = 2006 or newer).

  • Akron, OH (2006)
  • Albuquerque, NM (2006)
  • Ames, IA (2004)
  • Annapolis, MD (2005)
  • Ann Arbor, MI (2001)
  • Arlington, TX (2004)
  • Asheville, NC (2005)
  • Atlanta, GA (2005)
  • Augusta, GA (2005)
  • Austin, TX (2001)
  • Bakersfield, CA (2005)
  • Baltimore, MD (2005)
  • Baton Rouge, LA (2005)
  • Birmingham, AL (2005)
  • Bloomington, IN (2003)
  • Boise, ID (2006)
  • Boston, MA (2001)
  • Burlington, VT (2005)
  • Cedar Rapids, IA (2004)
  • Charleston, SC (2005)
  • Charlotte, NC (2005)
  • Charlottesville – Harrisonburg, VA (2005)
  • Chattanooga, TN (2004)
  • Chicago, IL (2001)
  • Cincinnati, OH (2006)
  • Cleveland, OH (2006)
  • College Station, TX (2005)
  • Colorado Springs, CO (2001)
  • Columbia, MO (2005)
  • Columbia, SC (2005)
  • Columbus, OH (2006)
  • Connecticut (2003)
  • Dallas, TX (2004)
  • Dayton, OH (2006)
  • Daytona Beach, FL (2004)
  • Denver, CO (2001)
  • Des Moines, IA (2004)
  • Detroit, MI (2001)
  • El Paso, TX (2001)
  • Erie, PA (2006)
  • Fayetteville, AR (2005)
  • Fayetteville, NC (2005)
  • Flagstaff, AZ (2004)
  • Flint, MI (2001)
  • Fort Worth, TX (2004)
  • Fresno, CA (2001)
  • Ft. Meyers – Naples, FL (2004)
  • Ft. Wayne, IN (2003)
  • Gainesville – Ocala, FL (2004)
  • Grand Rapids, MI (2004)
  • Green Bay, WI (2003)
  • Greenville, SC (2005)
  • Hampton Roads, VA/NC (2005)
  • Honolulu, HI (2004)
  • Houston (2008)
  • Indianapolis, IN (2003)
  • Inland Empire, CA (2005)
  • Jackson, MI (2005)
  • Jacksonville (2004)
  • Kalamazoo, MI (2004)
  • Kansas City, MO (2005)
  • Killeen, TX (2001)
  • Knoxville, KY (2004)
  • Lafayette, LA (2005)
  • Lancaster, PA (2006)
  • Lansing, MI (2004)
  • Las Vegas, NV (2006)
  • Lehigh Valley, PA (2006)
  • Lincoln, NE (2005)
  • Little Rock, AR (2005)
  • Long Beach, CA (2001)
  • Los Angeles, cA (2001)
  • Louisville, KY (2001)
  • Madison, WI (2003)
  • Maine (2005)
  • Maui, HI (2004)
  • Memphis, TN (2004)
  • Mesa, AZ (2001)
  • Miami, FL (2005)
  • Milwaukee, WI (2003)
  • Minneapolis, MN (2005)
  • Mobile, AL (2005)
  • Montana (2006)
  • Muncie, IN (2003)
  • Myrtle Beach, SC (2005)
  • Nashville, TN (2005)
  • New Hampshire (2005)
  • New Jersey (2005)
  • New York City (2011)
  • New Orleans, LA (2005, 2008 in Orleans Parish)
  • Oakland, CA (2001)
  • Oklahoma City, OK (2005)
  • Omaha, NE (2005)
  • Orange County, CA  (2001)
  • Orlando, FL (2004)
  • Outer Banks, NC (2005)
  • Palm Springs, CA (2005)
  • Pensacola, FL (2004)
  • Philadelphia, PA (2001)
  • Phoenix, AZ (2004)
  • Piedmont Triad, NC (2005)
  • Pittsburgh, PA (2006)
  • Portland, OR (2006)
  • Quad Cities, IA (2004)
  • Raleigh – Durham, NC (2006)
  • Reading, PA (2006)
  • Reno, NV (2006)
  • Rhode Island (2001)
  • Richmond, VA (2005)
  • Roanoke – Blacksburg, VA (2005)
  • Sacramento, CA (2001)
  • Salt Lake City, UT (2006)
  • San Antonio, TX (2003)
  • San Diego, CA (2001)
  • San Francisco, CA (2001)
  • San Jose, CA (2001)
  • San Louis Obispo, CA (2001)
  • Savannah, GA (2005)
  • Sarasota, FL (2004)
  • Seattle, WA (2006)
  • South Bend, IN (2003)
  • State College, PA (2006)
  • Stillwater, OK (2005)
  • St. Louis, MO (2005)
  • Tallahassee, FL (2004)
  • Tampa Bay, FL (2004)
  • Toledo, OH (2006)
  • Tucson, AZ (2004)
  • Tulsa, OK (2005)
  • Ventura, CA (2005)
  • Virginia Beach (2005)
  • Washington, D.C (2005)
  • West Lafayette, IN (2003)
  • Wichita, KS (2001)
  • Wilkes-Barre Scranton, PA (2006)
  • Wilmington, NC (2005)
  • Yuma, AZ (2004)

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*Uber’s list of vehicle requirements are not static, and can sometimes shift suddenly — so, if you’re thinking about becoming a driver, make sure to contact your local Uber team to double-check that your car’s model year meets the Uber car year requirements in your city.

UberX and UberXL Accepted Vehicle Models

And, for your convenience, here is a complete list of allowed UberX and XL vehicle types:

  • Acura RDX
  • Acura TL
  • Acura TLX
  • Audi A4
  • Audi S4
  • BMW 3 Series
  • BMW X1
  • Buick Anthem
  • Buick Encore
  • Buick Lucerne
  • Buick Regal
  • Buick Verano Sedan, 2014 and newer
  • Chevrolet Captiva Sport
  • Chevrolet Cruze Sedan, 2014 and newer
  • Chevrolet Cruze Limited Sedan, 2014 and newer
  • Chevrolet Equinox
  • Chevrolet HHR
  • Chevrolet Impala
  • Chevrolet Impala Limited
  • Chevrolet Malibu
  • Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
  • Chevrolet SS
  • Chrysler 200
  • Chrysler 300
  • Chrysler Town and Country (XL)
  • Dodge Avenger
  • Dodge Caliber
  • Dodge Charger
  • Dodge Dart Sedan, 2014 and newer
  • Dodge Durango (XL)
  • Dodge Grand Caravan (XL)
  • Dodge Journey (XL)
  • Dodge Journey
  • Dodge Nitro
  • Ford C-Max Energi
  • Ford C-Max Hybrid
  • Ford Crown Victoria
  • Ford Edge
  • Ford Escape
  • Ford Escape Hybrid
  • Ford Explorer (XL)
  • Ford Flex
  • Ford Focus Sedan, 2014 and newer
  • Ford Fusion
  • Ford Fusion Energi
  • Ford Fusion Hybrid
  • Ford Taurus
  • GMC Acadia
  • GMC Terrain
  • Honda Accord
  • Honda Accord Crosstour
  • Honda Accord Hybrid
  • Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid
  • Honda Civic Sedan, 2014 and newer
  • Honda CR-V
  • Honda Crosstour
  • Honda Element
  • Honda HR-V
  • Honda Odyssey (XL)
  • Honda Pilot (XL)
  • Hyundai Azera
  • Hyundai Elantra Sedan, 2014 and newer
  • Hyundai Elantra Touring
  • Hyundai Santa Fe (XL)
  • Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Hyundai Veracruz
  • Infiniti Q50
  • Jeep Cherokee
  • Jeep Commander (XL)
  • Jeep Compass
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
  • Jeep Liberty
  • Jeep Patriot
  • Kia Cadenza
  • Kia Forte Sedan, 2014 and newer
  • Kia Optima
  • Kia Optima Hybrid
  • Kia Sedona (XL)
  • Kia Sorento
  • Kia Sportage
  • Land Rover Discovery Sport
  • Lexus GS F
  • Lexus NX 200t
  • Lincoln MKC
  • Lincoln MKS
  • Lincoln MKZ
  • Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
  • Lincoln Town Car
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Mazda CX-7
  • Mazda CX-9 (XL)
  • Mazda Mazda5
  • Mazda Mazda6
  • Mazda Tribute
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van (XL)
  • Mercury Grand Marquis
  • Mercury Mariner
  • Mercury Mariner Hybrid
  • Mercury Milan
  • Mercury Milan Hybrid
  • Mercury Mountaineer (XL)
  • Mitsubishi Endeavor
  • Mitsubishi Galant
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Sedan, 2014 and newer (XL)
  • Mitsubishi Outlander (XL)
  • Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
  • Nissan Altima
  • Nissan Altima Hybrid
  • Nissan Maxima
  • Nissan Murano
  • Nissan Pathfinder (XL)
  • Nissan Quest (XL)
  • Nissan Rogue
  • Nissan Rogue Select
  • Nissan Sentra Sedan, 2014 and newer
  • Nissan Xterra
  • Pontiac G6
  • Pontiac Vibe
  • Saab 41887
  • Saab 9-4X
  • Subaru Forester
  • Subaru Impreza Sedan, 2014 and newer
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Subaru Outback
  • Subaru Tribeca (XL)
  • Subaru WRX
  • Subaru XV Crosstrek 2014 and newer
  • Suzuki Grand Vitara
  • Suzuki Kizashi
  • Toyota Avalon
  • Toyota Avalon Hybrid
  • Toyota Camry
  • Toyota Camry Hybrid
  • Toyota Corolla Sedan, 2014 and newer
  • Toyota Highlander (XL)
  • Toyota Highlander Hybrid (XL)
  • Toyota Prius
  • Toyota Prius Plug-in
  • Toyota Prius
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Toyota RAV4 EV
  • Toyota Sienna (XL)
  • Toyota Venza
  • Volkswagen CC
  • Volkswagen Jetta
  • Volkswagen Jetta GLI
  • Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
  • Volkswagen Passat
  • Volkswagen Routan (XL)
  • Volkswagen Tiguan
  • Volkswagen Touareg
  • Volvo S60 Sedan, 2014 and newer
  • Volvo XC60
  • Volvo XC70

Uber Car Year Requirements for UberX & XL (2017)

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Uber Car Requirements

Uber Car Requirements

Do you want to become an Uber driver but are not sure whether your vehicle meets all of the Uber car requirements? UberX, Uber XL, and Uber PLUS allow you to use your personal vehicle without commercial licensing or insurance, but your car still must meet the basic criteria listed here.

Take a look at this post about the best cars to drive for Uber.

If you want to drive for Uber BLACK, Uber SUV, or Uber LUX, your car must meet stricter standards. Read about the Uber BLACK car requirements below.

Updated 3-21-2016


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Uber Car Requirements – 2017 

The Uber service types each have a different set of vehicle requirements. UberX, the basic most common Uber service accepts any 4-door car of a certain age. On the other hand, the professional Uber BLACK services accept only certain vehicles.

Every Uber driver, regardless of the Uber service, must meet these basic requirements:

  • You must be 21 years of age or older.
  • You must have 3 years driving experience.
  • You must have an in-state Drivers License (depending on your state).
  • You must have a clean driving record.
  • You must pass a background check.

You can read more about the Uber driver requirements here.

UberX Vehicle Requirements 2016

Uber car requirements for each car service in 2017 are listed below…

UberX Car Requirements:

  • 4-door sedan, must seat 4 or more passengers excluding the driver
  • Year 2001 or newer*
  • * Uber car year requirements vary by city. It is currently year 2001 or newer in many cities.
  • In-state car insurance
  • In-state plates
  • Current car registration
  • No marked, taxi, or salvaged vehicles
  • Pass the Uber vehicle inspection

UberXL Car Requirements:

  • 4-door, must seat 6 or more passengers excluding the driver
  • Year 2001 or newer*
  • * Uber car year requirements vary by city. It is currently year 2001 or newer in many cities:
  • In-state car insurance
  • In-state plates
  • Current car registration
  • No marked, taxi, or salvaged vehicles
  • Pass the Uber vehicle inspection

Uber Car Requirements for UberSelect or UberPLUS

UberSELECT Car Requirements:

Available in select cities only. Formerly known as Uber PLUS in some markets. 

  • 4-door luxury sedans, must seat 5 or more passengers.
  • Year 2008 or newer.*
  • Leather Interior.
  • In-state car insurance.
  • In-state plates.
  • Current car registration.
  • No marked, taxi, or salvaged vehicles.
  • Pass the Uber vehicle inspection

UberSELECT approved vehicles.

Acura:  RDX, RLX, TL, TLX, ILX.
Audi:  A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, S3, S4, S6, Q3, Q5, Q7.
BMW:  3-series, 5-series, 7-series, X1, X3, X4, X5, X6.
Cadillac:  ATS, CTS, DTS, SRX, XTS.
Chrysler:  300.
Hummer:  H3.
Hyundai: Genesis, Equus.
Infiniti:  EX, FX, G, JX, M, Q, QX50, QX70.
Jaguar:  XF, XJ.
Kia: K900.
Land Rover:  Range Rover.
Lexus:  ES, IS, NX, RX, GS, GX, LS.
Lincoln:  MKT, MKS, MKX, MKZ, MKC, Town Car.
Mercedes-Benz:C-Class, E-Class, S-Class, G-Class, GLK-Class, M-Class, R-Class.
Porsche:  Macan, Cayenne, Panamera.
Tesla:  Model S.
Volvo:  S60, S80, XC90.

*Uber BLACK and LUX cars are also accepted.

Source: ubermovement.com

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Uber Black Cars List

What is Uber Black Car (UberBLACK)?

UberBLACK is a professional chauffeur service. The requirements for Uber Black Car are more strict than for UberX. Only specific cars are accepted. In addition, all Uber Black Car services require the driver to carry commercial car insurance, a TCP, and an airport permit.

The upside for Uber Black drivers is that the fares are higher than UberX fares. In Los Angeles Uber Black fare is calculated at $3.55/mile and $0.45/min plus an $8 base fare. UberX is only $1/mile, $0.18/min and no base fare. This means that an Uber Black driver may make more money than an UberX driver.

These are the Uber Black Car Types. They are only available in select cities.

  • UberBLACK is the traditional Black Luxury Sedan Service.
  • UberSUV is the larger SUV version of that for 6 or more passengers.
  • UberLUX is the high-end version of these.

UberBLACK car requirements

You must have commercial car insurance, a TCP, and an airport permit.

Your vehicle also must meet these criteria:

  • Sedan, crossover SUV, or full-size SUV
  • Great condition
  • Black exterior
  • Black interior
  • Comfortably seats 4+ passengers
  • Four doors
  • 2013 or newer*
  • Pass the Uber vehicle inspection

UberBLACK approved vehicles

Audi: A6, A7
BMW: 5 Series
Cadillac: XTS
Infiniti: Q70
Jaguar: XF
Lexus: GS
Mercedes-Benz: E-Class

*Uber LUX vehicles are also accepted.

Find more about UberBLACK Vehicle Requirements here.

Uber SUV Vehicles

UberSUV car requirements

You must have commercial car insurance, a TCP, and an airport permit in most cities.

Your vehicle also must meet these criteria:

  • Full-size SUV
  • Great condition
  • Black exterior
  • Black interior
  • Comfortably seats 6+ passengers
  • Four doors
  • 2012 or newer
  • Pass the Uber vehicle inspection

UberSUV approved vehicles

Cadillac: Escalade ESV
Chevrolet: Suburban
GMC: Yukon XL
Infiniti: QX56, QX80
Lexus: LX
Lincoln: Navigator L
Mercedes-Benz: GL-Class

Find more about UberSUV vehicle requirements here.

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UberLUX car requirements

Available in select cities only.

You must have commercial car insurance, a TCP, and an airport permit in most cities.

Your vehicle also must meet these criteria:

  • Sedan, crossover SUV, or full-size SUV
  • Great condition
  • Black exterior
  • Black interior
  • Comfortably seats 4+ passengers
  • Four doors
  • 2012 or newer
  • Pass the Uber vehicle inspection

UberLUX approved vehicles

Audi: A8
BMW: 7 Series
Jaguar: XJ
Land Rover: Range Rover
Lexus: LS
Mercedes-Benz: S-Class, G-Class
Porsche: Panamera
Tesla: Model S
Bentley: All 4-door
Maybach: All 4-door
Rolls Royce: All 4-door

Source: ubermovement.com

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Where (and Why) is Rideshare banned?

Where is Rideshare Banned?

Where (and Why) is Rideshare Banned?

Uber may be the highest-valued rideshare company in the world, but it’s also the most controversial.

Despite its widespread success, the company’s path to total-market domination is still very bumpy — many countries (and large metropolitan areas) around the world are still highly resistant to rideshare adoption, wishing to protect local taxi and transportation industries.

Many governments fear the impact of a new rapidly-emerging  ‘‘gig economy’’ model — a system which threatens to upend established labor practices and disrupt ‘traditional’ forms of employment.

Since Uber doesn’t act as a normal car-hire service — instead, it gives non-professional drivers an opportunity to work part or full-time as paid chauffeurs — it threatens existing job-markets associated with professional car-hire companies and taxi unions. So, while ridesharing continues to be widely embraced by consumers around the world, ridesharing itself still confronts a variety of legal and regulatory challenges in many jurisdictions.

Some regions have banned the service completely —  declaring it wholly illegal under state or federal law. Other regions — such as Germany and France — currently block lower-end rideshare services (like UberPOP), but allow higher-end options (like UberBLACK and UberLUX). The company’s legality is sometimes even challenged on a micro level, in local municipalities — such as small communities like East Hampton, NY or Panama City Beach, Florida — which have declared the service illegal.

Uber’s legality — and its activity-level in various regions — obviously varies greatly in different countries.

For your convenience, below is a list of Uber (and rideshare’s) current status in a variety of countries:

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Rideshare banning in The United States


Anchorage — Suspended.

Uber has been indefinitely suspended in Anchorage since 2015.


Auburn — Suspended.

Uber suspended its Auburn operations in 2015 (due to ”burdensome” regulations), but there is speculation that the company (and other ridesharing services) will return to Auburn in Spring 2016.


Panama City Beach — Suspended.


Entire state — Banned.

A temporary injunction was filed against Uber in 2014 (over failure to gain proper permits), as well as government authorities claiming that Uber’s driver-hiring process was not selective enough to ensure consumer safety. Uber shut down its Nevada operations in 2014, but finally re-started operations after gaining legal permission in Fall 2015.


Uber is effectively banned in East Hampton, due to local rules requiring licenses and company offices to be located in-city.


Austin — Referendum in progress.

San Antonio — Suspended.

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Legal status of Rideshare in other countries, A-Z.


Uber’s legality in Australia varies by state —


Uber is legal in Australia, but its legality is currently being debated by governmental agencies (first quarter 2016). UberX is being introduced in the Australian Capital Territory, in a multi-stage rollout, with oversight from regulatory agencies.


Legal and currently operating.




Illegal and Banned






Under review — currently legal, but undergoing regulatory changes. Government attempting to require rideshare to apply for commercial licenses.


Under legal review (but operating nonetheless).



Initial efforts by the city of Rio de Janeiro to stifle a number of ride sharing options were reversed by Brazil’s courts. Strong unionized taxi organizations continue to demonstrate against rideshare companies. In some cases this has led to violent altercations amongst drivers.  Currently, in 2016, the ridesharing situation in Brazil is fluid — services exist but their legality is under question.  It is unclear whether Uber’s legality will be resolved in time for Rio’s Olympic Games.


Brazil’s second largest city, Sao Paulo, has tried unsuccessfully to ban non-taxi rideshare options. Uber has filed a complaint against Brazilian taxi organizations for being non-competitive, which the non- competition bureau of the government is assessing. Currently, in 2016, rideshare services are operating openly in Sao Paolo.

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Ridesharing was officially legalized in Edmonton in January 2016 (the law functionally came into effect on 1 March, 2016).  Uber ended their operations in Edmonton March 1, 2016 (they stated that they were unable to acquire proper commercial insurance). However, Uber operates in many areas outside Edmonton (despite a lack of licensing), and a new company called TappCar aims to offer a local alternative.


Uber is currently legal in Toronto, but is facing strong opposition from taxi unions.


Uber is currently illegal and non-operational in Vancouver.


Uber is technically illegal in Hong Kong, but operates legally inside the country’s many other large cities. It faces fierce competition from rival Chinese rideshare firm Didi Kauidi, and is currently losing $1 billion a year, which might force the company to gradually decrease its presence in the country.


Uber officially arrived in Croatia October, 2015 — it is now possible (and legal) to request an Uber in the country.


As of March 2016, Uber currently operates in Denmark. The service is very controversial — taxi unions have been protestingUber’s operation for two years, and a Danish official declared (in 2014) that Uber’s business model contradicted Danish safety and regulatory codes.


Uber is ‘functionally illegal’ in Finland (i.e., Uber drivers can be reported to police), although there are reports that a limited verion of the service is in operation.


Uber operates in France, but is highly controversial. In 2015, violent protests by taxi drivers brought international attention to Uber’s presence in the country, and UberPOP has since been banned. Currently, in 2016, French authorities allow higher-end ridesharing services to operate (i.e. drivers with commercial licenses), but authorities frequently ticket rideshare  drivers and maintain that all operators be commercially licensed and possess proper insurance.


Although it has been twice-banned in the country, Uber currently operates in Germany — although it no longer exists under the moniker UberPOP. It is now referred to as UberX (like in the United States). Since UberX resembles a professional car service more than UberPOP (which functioned as a lower-end ridesharing system) it is more aligned with German transportation regulations. As of 2016, UberX operates legally in Germany.


Uber operates throughout India, and is particularly popular in Delhi. Uber recently suspended its high-end options in India (UberBLACK and UberLUX), but only because they proved unpopular The company is constantly undergoing new legal evaluation in India, but is currently not banned by authorities.


Uber currently operates in Italy (and is especially popular in Rome), but is under review by authorities, who are threatening to tax it as an ordinary car service.


In the Summer of 2015, Uber officially discontinued its low-cost UberPOP option in The Netherlands. However, higher-end services UberX and UberBLACK continue to operate in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam, and The Hague


Uber is under review in Norway, where its legality remains unclear as of 2016. Rideshare services exist in the country, but drivers are subject to ticketing, and arrest.


Uber and similar services were legalized in the Philippines in Summer 2015, after gaining a new transportation classification from the government.


Uber operates in Poland, but is expected to come under increasing pressure from authorities in 2016.


As of the first quarter of 2016, Uber is currently illegal in Romania.


In 2016, Uber is operating legally in Russia (it is especially popular in St. Petersburg and Moscow), though it is less popularthan the Russia-based car-hailing service Yandex (named in affiliation with Russian search-engine giant Yandex). Gett — a popular black-car service throughout Europe — is also a major competitor to Uber in Russia.

South Africa

Uber currently operates in South Africa (specifically, Johannesburg and Cape Town), but its future operation is threatened by aggressive pushback from local taxi unions.

South Korea

South Korean authorities have banned all rideshare options in the Summer of 2015, and the law currently remains in effect in 2016.


Uber was officially banned in Spain in 2014, but — in late 2015 — the company announced its intention to restructure its business model to fit Spanish regulations.  As of Spring 2016, the service is still banned in the country.


Switzerland – the city of Geneva banned Uber in 2015, but it remains available in Lausanne and Zurich although established taxi services continue to protest and seek bans in those cities.


Uber currently operates in Taiwan, although — in late 2015 — the country began attempting to halt the company’s expansion (and even stop its operation completely) by imposing increasingly-large fines.  So far, however, ridesharing companies continue to operate openly in Taiwan.


Thailand currently only allows rideshare drivers to operate in Phuket and Bangkok, and — in Uber’s case — has limited available services to UberX and UberBLACK.

United Kingdom

Uber currently operates in the United Kingdom. The service is legal, but is currently facing strong opposition from black cab drivers (who have introduced a competitive app called Cab: App, which offers an alternative booking system for commercial cabs). UK-based ridesharing services may come under government review in 2016.

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*Disclaimer: always check with your local transportation authorities for up-to-date answers on whether ridesharing is legal in your region.