In Russia demanded to ban BlaBlaCar

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Krauledat in potomacfever behind the wheel of a car. Archival photoIn Russia demanded to ban BlaBlaCar© RIA Novosti / Alexander Krajevima the image Bank

Against the Russian representation of the French service BlaBlaCar, OOO «Rus Camuto» filed a lawsuit demanding the blocking of the service. Press release of the interregional public organization «Association aviapassazhirskie carriers» with attached document received by RIA Novosti.

Service to find travel companions accused of using illegal carriers who use them for tax evasion and the cost of security and charge transport of passengers, covering it with the term «compensation of expenses for fuel».

The petition of the carriers stated that the service organizes transportation, without information about the presence of drivers of the rights and licenses for passenger transportation, their health status and the technical condition of the vehicle.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs are asking the court to recognize the information on the website and in the mobile app BlaBlaCar is prohibited on the territory of Russia, and also to make BlaBlaCar in the register of banned resources.

Last year’s attempt

Earlier, a similar decision has been handed down by the court, however, has been cancelled. In September 2017 Timashevsky court found that the information about shared rides on the website BlaBlaCar «do not distribute» on the territory of Russia, finding that through the website are illegal carriage of passengers.

BlaBlaCar lawyers appealed to the Krasnodar regional court with the appeal. They said that ridesharing (sharing a private car with the help of online services, search for travel companions) does not violate the laws of Russia. In the end, the decision of a lower court overturned.

On the website BlaBlaCar drivers can post information about the trip and find fellow-travellers. The company was founded in 2006 in Paris. In Russia, she began working in February 2014. Today BlaBlaCar more than 50 million users worldwide.

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