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Berlin suspends Uber ban four days after raising safety concerns

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Today the city of Berlin suspended a four-day ban preventing transportation startup Uber from legally operating in the city.

Uber was banned on August 14 after city regulators said the service operates in violation of Berlin’s Public Transport Act. Uber, however, reportedly outright ignored the ban and pledged to challenge it.

At the time, German officials were quite critical of Uber, suggesting that the company’s ridesharing service, “UberPOP,” was unsafe for passengers.

According to Uber’s corporate blog, the Berlin Administrative Court found that “Uber can continue its business in Berlin until further notice.” Uber Germany GM Fabien Nestmann criticized Berlin for its “old policies that were written before the smartphone was even invented” in a celebratory statement.

As VentureBeat’s Ruth Reader previously detailed, “Uber has had a rough summer in Europe. In June, taxi drivers in Berlin, London, Madrid, and Paris held protests against the taxi hailing app, calling Uber’s price hiking and slashing practices unfair to the general taxi market.”

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4 comments
Marin Jø
Marin Jø

How much you're paid VentureBeat how much?

MelanieDuzyj
MelanieDuzyj

@HarrisonWeber then a major flip flop indeed. Wonder if this will help set the standard for cities like Brussels, London, Milan.