This story has been updated to include a statement from Uber.
Uber thought it was off the hook when the city of Berlin lifted a ban against the car service. Instead Germany was preparing to pull out the big guns.
It appears that late last week a Frankfurt district court filed an injunction preventing Uber from operating in Germany as a whole.
Last month the city of Berlin moved to ban the taxi-hailing app for not providing enough protections to passengers. Uber outright ignored the ban and continued operations as usual. Four days later the ban was lifted, allowing Uber to continue its business in the city until further notice.
While the German government may have questions about Uber’s business practices, it seems the German taxi lobby does not. The injunction is the result of a civil suit filed by the German taxi industry, which says Uber doesn’t have an official permit and is violating the Passenger Transport Act.
The Frankfurt court is accusing Uber of unfair competition, according to Der Spiegel. Because Uber’s cars don’t have to pay for insurance or licenses, they are able to undercut traditional taxi services with cheaper prices. The injunction will stay in place until hearings begin.
No doubt Uber plans to file an appeal and continue operations in Germany — as it’s done in the past when previously banned. “Uber will continue its operations – and will continue to offer its services via its app – throughout Germany,” the company said in a blog post this morning. The company also says it intends to review the decision by the Frankfurt regional court and appeal.
Uber, which operates in 200 cities worldwide, has had a difficult summer in many foreign cities with strong taxi industries. In the last few months London, Madrid, and Paris have all 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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