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2014-08-14 14:59

GERMAN TAXI DRIVERS RALLY: German taxi drivers protested against Uber in June 2014. In August 2014, Berlin authorities ruled that the lift-sharing service must cease operations. Image: AP/Joerg Carstensen

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

The Berlin Taxi Drivers' Association said on Thursday (August 14) 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 it 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.

VICTORY FOR TAXI DRIVERS

It ordered the San Francisco-based company to immediately cease providing its service in Berlin or face a fine the equivalent of nearly R353 000.

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.

UBER IN SA

Is Uber’s mobile phone app just a “new toy” on the market or does it have the potential to change South Africa’s cab industry? South Africa was Uber’s only African outpost until August 2014, when it reached Lagos in Nigeria.

Since its launch in 2009, Uber has spread to 145 cities across the globe - much to the alarm of cab drivers in London, New York and beyond.

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