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Berlin bans car service Uber

Published on Aug 15, 2014 12:44 AM
 
Taxi drivers protesting in Berlin in June 2014 against car-hailing apps such as Uber, which have shaken up the cab-driving industry in cities across the globe. Uber on Thursday said it would appeal against a move by Berlin to ban it for not offering drivers and vehicles licensed to carry passengers, or full insurance cover. -- PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (REUTERS) - Berlin has banned car service Uber, which allows users to summon a ride on their smartphone, for not offering drivers and vehicles licensed to carry passengers, or full insurance cover, the German capital said.

The ban takes immediate effect and Uber risks fines of up to €25,000 (S$41,000) each time it violates the city's Public Transport Act, Berlin authorities said in a statement.

Uber said on Thursday it would appeal against the decision, accusing Berlin of denying its people choice and mobility.

"As a new entrant we are bringing much-needed competition to a market that hasn't changed in years. Competition is good for everyone and it raises the bar and ultimately it's the consumer who wins," said Fabien Nestmann, German General Manager at Uber.

 
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