8/20/2014

UPDATE: Court Suspends Berlin's Uber Ban

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A court in Berlin has suspended a ban imposed last week against Uber Technologies Inc. by the city's Dept. of Civil and Regulatory Affairs.

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A court in Berlin has suspended a ban imposed last week against Uber Technologies Inc. by the city's Dept. of Civil and Regulatory Affairs.

The department issued the ban over concern that passengers, who ride in privately owned cars operated by part-time Uber drivers, may not be covered by insurance.

The ruling enables Uber to continue operating in Berlin for now. But the court will now deliberate on the legality of the service. That may take more than a month, according to The New York Times.

The Berlin challenge is the latest of many facing Uber. Its opponents complain that the service sidesteps strict operating rules of the heavily regulated tax industry. Uber retorts that the traditional taxi system hampers competition and increases fare prices.