Uber takes one step forward, two steps back. Photo: Reuters, Sergio Perez

Uber has been forced to shut down ride-hailing service in Denmark (new regulations) and Italy (court ruling), throwing cold water on the company’s success restoring service in Taiwan.

The deal struck with the Taiwanese government will force Uber to use licensed commercial drivers through car-rental agencies, rather than private drivers.

Uber has ostensibly thrown in the towel in Denmark, saying the country’s regulations are too onerous, but has said they will appeal the recent court ruling in Italy. Unless they win an appeal over the weekend, it’s ciao for now.