Uber is accused of bypassing local licensing and safety regulations by using the Internet to put drivers in touch with passengers.
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A German court Wednesday banned Uber from running services using unlicensed cab drivers and set stiff fines for any violations of local transport laws by the pioneering online taxi firm.Dieter Schlenker, chairman of the Taxi Deutschland cooperative, said the ruling would protect taxi drivers from competition from unlicensed part-time drivers used by Uber.Each violation of the German court order covering violations of local passenger transport licensing laws by Uber and its uberPOP online service was subject to a 250,000 euro ($264,825) fine, a three-judge panel of the Frankfurt regional court ruled.Uber will still operate services in Germany using licensed limousine and taxi drivers. In the past week, two Amsterdam taxi drivers were arrested for reckless driving after blocking an Uber driver.The Frankfurt regional court's presiding judge Joachim Nickel said during a hearing ahead of the ruling that Uber violated German laws on commercial passenger transportation since its drivers did not have the right kinds of licenses.
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