CCI on December 22, 2015 ordered prima-facie closed the case for an alleged abuse of dominance under section 4 of the Act against taxi services provider, Uber. The case was filed by Meru Travel solutions Private Ltd. (Meru) against Uber India System Pvt. Ltd, Uber BV and Uber Technologies International Inc. (collectively referred to as the“Uber Group”)
Meru alleged that the Uber Group has abused of dominant position by way of predatory pricing in provision of taxi services in Kolkata.
The CCI, considering the relevant product market in the present case would be the “market for services offered by radio taxis and yellow taxis of Kolkata.” In the present case, CCI stated, it appears that there exists a stiff competition between Uber and other taxi service providers with regards to the services they offer in the radio taxi industry in Kolkata. Since the position of dominance does not exist, the question of abuse does not arise.
(Source: CCI Order dated December 22, 2015.For full text see CCI website)