Uber treads a thin line between private transport and public, and though the app-based service has been spreading like wildfire around the world, not every local government has welcomed its arrival within its borders. And the latest country to push back against the car service is South Korea.

Reuters reports that the Seoul Central District Prosecutor's Office has issued an indictment against not only Uber's South Korean division, but also the company's chief executive Travis Kalanick. The charges allege that Uber drivers are not authorized to provide paid transportation services.

According to reports, the charges could carry a sentence of up to two years in prison and a maximum fine of 20 million won – equivalent to approximately $18,000. The prosecutor's office, however, is not expected to make any arrests connected to the indictment.

Within the capital city of Seoul itself, the municipal government is offering rewards for passengers who report unauthorized drivers operating as part of the Uber network, and has instituted fines for those drivers.

South Korea is not the only country instituting measures to restrict or even ban Uber's services, following similar measures taken in Taiwan and Delhi, India. The city of Chongqing on mainland China is also reportedly investigating Uber and its operations within its city limits.

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