August 15, 2014
The ride-sharing app-based company Uber was banned in Berlin Wednesday, city officials citing passenger safety concerns. The official decree banned the app and threatened Uber with a 25,000 euro fine for ignoring the order.
Uber has faced bans from cities and municipalities throughout Europe and the United States and has been protested by thousands of taxi union members. Berlin’s rationale for making it illegal was “passenger safety,” arguing that passengers might not be covered by insurance as they would with traditional taxi services.
Uber, which has been operating in Berlin since last February, said they would challenge the ban:
“The decision from the Berlin authorities is not progressive and it’s seeking to limit consumer choice for all the wrong reasons,” said Uber Germany GM Fabien Nestmann. “As a new entrant we’re bringing much-needed competition to a market that hasn’t changed in years.”
As Uber has continued to expand and thrive in the U.S., it has increasingly become the target of union protests and regulation-happy politicians. To the left’s irritation, the Republican National Committee recently took up Uber as one of their pet causes, creating an online petition that praises the company for its “entrepreneurial spirit” and saying American cities “deserve innovative and effective solutions without government getting in the way.”
This article was posted: Friday, August 15, 2014 at 4:49 am