“Regulations need to be updated”

The fast-growing US car-sharing service Uberpop is facing major challenges from both the taxi industry and the Swedish authorities over the legality of its business operations in Sweden.

However, Alok Alström, Uberpop’s new head of Swedish operations, is dismissive of the criticism, saying the current regulations need to be updated, and replaced by technology neutral regulations that address emergent technology and promote competitiveness.

Uber has closed down its Uberpop service in France and Germany after protests and battles with the authorities, but there are no such plans for Sweden, according to Alström.