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Berlin taxi drivers hail city’s Uber ban

Berlin Taxi Drivers protested on the use of UBER app. (Source: AP) Berlin Taxi Drivers protested on the use of UBER app. (Source: AP)
Associated Press | Posted: August 14, 2014 5:37 pm

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.

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