Officials Cite Rider Safety for Uber Ban in Berlin

kim kardashian

Berlin is the latest city to put a grinding halt to Uber. The car-sharing service’s insurance might not cover passengers in Berlin, according to the State Department of Civil and Regulatory Affairs. Authorities said that Uber could get hit with a $33,400 fine if they ignore the ban. Uber expanded to Berlin in February 2013 and promised to fight the ban.

In a blog post, Uber Germany General Manager Fabian Nestmann said, “We intend to formally challenge this decision and fully expect that Berlin will follow the Hamburg authorities’ lead and overturn the prohibition order. The decision from the Berlin authorities is not progressive and it’s seeking to limit consumer choice for all the wrong reasons. As a new entrant we’re bringing much-needed competition to a market that hasn’t changed in years.”

This isn’t the first major problem that Uber has faced outside of U.S. borders. In Spain, laws that prohibit any form of for-profit transportation, like Uber, will likely be passed. Protests in Paris by taxi drivers have turned violent. Kat Borlongan, Five-by-Five co-founder, was a passenger in an Uber car when taxi drivers on strike punctured a tire and broke the window. Both the driver and Borlongan left safely.

Taxi drivers in London claim that the Uber app is essentially another form of a meter, since it measures time and distance to calculate the price. Only taxis, by law, are allowed to use a meter. Taxi cab drivers hope those facts are enough to ban them, but that’s unlikely. Uber has run into problems with international laws and adjusted their practices accordingly, so even if they’re found in the wrong, they’ll change company practices and keep the wheels rolling.




Photo: Uber

About Blaine Martin

I enjoy taking in the world around me and facing the challenge of conveying news and information that is clear, timely and professional. Please like and share our articles!

Have a tip we should know?


Most Read

  1. News
    Pandora Papers Financial Leak Shows Us the Secrets of the World’s Rich and Powerful
    2 years ago
  2. Health
    US Supreme Court Rejects J & J TALC Cancer Case Appeal
    3 years ago
  3. Lifestyle
    9 Habits that Drain your Daily Focus and How to Avoid Them
    3 years ago
    Women’s Demand for Shapewear – the big Trends
    3 years ago
    Valentino Launches its Cosmetics Line
    3 years ago
  6. Health
    US Promises to Share 60 million Doses of AstraZeneca Vaccines
    3 years ago
  7. Health
    UK Offers Aid Amid Surging COVID-19 Cases in India
    3 years ago
  8. Sports
    Thousands of fans welcome Charlton funeral cortege at Old Trafford
    3 weeks ago
  9. News
    Brit left fighting for life after train derails in Argentinia
    3 weeks ago
    Dubai faces down airline rivals with $50 bln jet orders
    3 weeks ago
  11. Sunak
    UK’s Sunak brings back Cameron, sacks Braverman
    3 weeks ago
  12. Sports
    Man United’s Hojlund, Eriksen withdrawn from Denmark team duty
    3 weeks ago
  13. Health
    Autumn Sneezing Syndrome is on the rise… here’s what you can do
    3 weeks ago
  14. Canada
    Canada beat Italy to win Billie Jean King Cup for first time
    3 weeks ago

Follow @rushhourdaily: