By Daniel Hunter

Taxi booking service Uber has been banned in Spain after a judge ruled it as "unfair competition".

The judge ordered Uber to stop operating in Spain immediately with a temporary suspension. It follows complaints and protests from Madrid taxi drivers, similar to those seen in major cities around the world.

Yesterday (Monday), Uber was also banned in India's capital Delhi after a driver was accused of raping a female passenger.

Drivers "lack the administrative authorisation to carry out the job, and the activity they carry out constitutes unfair competition," the Spanish court services said in a statement after the ruling.

It is the latest blow for the San Francisco based service which has faced huge criticism from the regulated taxi industry.

Earlier this month, Uber was valued at $40 billion (£25.5bn) after its latest round of funding raising.

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