FRANKFURT (Reuters) – A German court on Thursday banned Uber’s ride-hailing services in Germany, with the argument that AMERICAN business is missing a required license for the provision of transport by hire cars.
The Uber logo is displayed in the branch office in Bogota, Colombia, on December 12, 2019. (REUTERS photo/Luisa Gonzalez.
The ruling is yet another setback for the company after it lost its licence to carry fare paying passengers in London last month, the city regulator, claiming that it was for the safety of the passengers is in danger.
In Germany, where Uber has been operating in seven cities, including Frankfurt, Berlin and Munich (germany), the company will only work with the car rental companies and drivers to be licensed.
The decision is effective immediately, but may be appealed. “We will not review the judgment of the court of justice and the determination of the next steps is to make sure that our services in Germany will continue,” an Uber spokesperson said.
A person close to the company said, Uber will have to change the way it works in Europe’s largest economy, adding that it was also considering legal action against the decision.
The plaintiff, Taxi Deutschland, said that it would be put to immediate provisional enforcement. It said Uber would have to pay fines of 250 euros per one-way trip, and rising to as much as 250,000 euros each way, and in the case of repeated violations.
The court in 2015, which banned Uber from matching up drivers with their own vehicles, with a drive hailers. Uber’s current service, which allows customers to hail rides are conducted in a rented car, it is also illegal as a violation of the rules on competition, the court said.
The Uber-mentioned connection to the customer in a way that has led to the view that the provider of the transport network, the court said, adding that the company will decide the specific drivers and determine the price.
“A passenger, Uber offers its service, and it is, therefore, a business person,” the president said, adding this meant that Uber has to comply with the law of the carriage of passengers.
Separately, Uber’s violation of the requirement that the leased car will have to go back to a car-rental company in the main office after completion of a trial, the court said.
Uber has launched a series of run-ins with the co-legislators, judges, and administrators all over the world, and is shut out of the markets, such as in Copenhagen and in Austria.
Last week it filed an appeal against a decision by London’s transport regulator, the strip, the taxi app, will be given the right to work in one of its most important markets.
Germany’s highest court, in 2018, a now defunct limo service Uber has been declared illegal.
Affirming the lower court decisions in favor of a complaint by a Berlin taxi company, which is the so-called Uber Black service, had been violated by German law, for the rent-a-car.
Reporting by Arno Schuetze; Editing by Tassilo Hummel, and Jan Harvey