Germany Bans Uber For Second Time, Fines Company $264,825 For Each Violation

Uber’s fight to transport customers in Germany hit yet another roadblock today as it was banned from operating within the country for the second time in 12 months. And this time, if the company breaks the imposed injunction, it can expect to pay a hefty to the tune of $264,825 per violation.

The Financial Times reports that the ban, imposed by Frankfurt regional court, prevents Uber from offering its traditional service and its low-cost UberPOP service across the entire country.

The ban, which doesn’t affect Uber’s black car and taxi services, is the result of a case brought by a taxi lobby group called Taxi Deutschland.

The group claims that Uber has been able to sidestep the strict regulations taxi drivers must abide by including mandatory health checks, fixed fares and required liability insurance, which can cost up to eight times private driver’s insurance used by Uber.

Representatives for the group tell Financial Times that “justice has been reinstated” under the ban.

For its part, Uber plans to pursue the case legally and look for alternative ride-sharing opportunities in the meantime.

“We respect the German legal system,” the company said in a statement. “We will now wait to see the court’s reasoning and review it thoroughly. In our opinion, however, the ban pronounced by the Court represents a fundamental infringement… We will not give up on the German market.”

Uber’s attempt to expand operations in Germany has been mired by a number of setbacks. Last September, German courts banned Uber saying the company didn’t’ comply with the country’s transportation laws. Just days later, however, the ban was lifted on technical grounds.

Uber ride-sharing banned – again – in Germany [Financial Times]

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