updated 03:10 pm EDT, Thu August 14, 2014
Company aims to fight ruling, calls decision 'not progressive'
Berlin, Germany has banned the Uber unlicensed cab service from city limits, citing concerns for passenger safety and the unregulated nature of the drivers for the service. The firm itself is liable for a fine of $33,000 per fare, with drivers themselves seeking riders likely to be hit with a $26,500 charge by authorities as well.
The country's licensure requirements are strict, with annual requirements to continue operation. Uber has requirements for drivers, but the question of documentation of these restrictions, and the drivers actually being who they claim is in question in the city.
Uber is planning to fight the ban, which was made for similar reasons that New York City struck down competitive service Lyft's launch initially. Uber Germany manager Fabien Nestmann claims that "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."