Partial Uber ban in Germany overturned by judge

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Ride-sharing services such as Uber face opposition from regulators and transportation rivals nationwide and in several countries.

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Copyright 2014 Reuters
Copyright 2014 Reuters

A Frankfurt judge on Sept. 16 lifted a temporary injunction that was placed on Uber three weeks earlier, meaning the company can once again offer its lower-end Uberpop service in the country legally. Its higher-end Uberblack service was not affected by the original injunction.

Taxi Deutschland, the taxi organization that originally brought the complaint against Uber in Germany, immediately said it would appeal the decision. "We only ask that the same law applies to everyone," the group's chairman said.

Uber has in the past argued that it is not a traditional transportation company, and therefore is not subject to regulations governing that industry. Rather, Uber says it's merely a platform provider that links private drivers (who do not work for Uber) with potential riders.

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Uber has faced resistance throughout several countries over the past few months. Thousands of European taxi drivers went on strike this summer (the largest occurring in London) to protest the company, which they say has an unfair advantage because it doesn't have to follow the same regulations.

Transport for London (TfL), the city's transportation regulator, concluded July 3 that Uber is acting lawfully within the city, and said that it will not pursue legal action against the company. Uber called the decision a "victory for common sense."

Services from Uber and Lyft that let multiple riders heading in the same direction split the fare between themselves may be illegal, California regulators warned the companies Sept. 11. In response, both Uber and Lyft said they "welcomed the opportunity" to talk to regulators about the issue.

France's Senate passed a bill July 23 that would force drivers of ride-sharing services like Uber to return their dispatch center or garage in between fares. The National Assembly, the country's lower house, is expected to vote on the measure this fall. Uber said the law could "completely disrupt" its business model.

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