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Taxi drivers celebrate Berlin's Uber ban

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Posted: Aug 14, 2014 6:33 AM by Hunter Robinson
Updated: Aug 14, 2014 6:33 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: taxi, drivers, Uber, ride-sharing, Berlin, app, smartphone

BERLIN, Germany - Berlin taxi drivers are celebrating a decision by authorities to ban the ridesharing service Uber from operating in the city.

The Berlin Taxi Drivers' Association said Thursday that the move means its members aren't put at a disadvantage by having to abide by rules that Uber doesn't.

Berlin authorities said Wednesday they won't tolerate Uber putting customers at risk by allowing them to ride in cars that haven't been checked, and with drivers who aren't vetted or properly insured.

They ordered the San Francisco-based company to immediately cease providing its service in Berlin or face a 25,000-euro ($33,400) fine.

Uber, which has faced similar snags in other cities worldwide, said in a statement that it will file an objection and seek to suspend the decree pending a court decision.

Taxi drivers in Baton Rouge voiced similar concerns after the Metro Council approved ride-sharing services like Uber. There have been issues with the roll-out in the capital city, however, especially regarding an incomplete application submitted to the Taxi Control Board.

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