Strict Regulations Lead Uber To Pull Out of Three German Cities

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

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If you are planning a trip to Hamburg, Frankfurt or Düsseldorf, forget about opening that Uber app to hail a cab as the popular ridesharing sharing service announced last Friday that they would be suspending service in those three cities, putting blame on recent regulations.

Earlier this year, a Frankfurt court overturned a previous ruling that legalized Uber’s popular service and required that drivers obtained the same licenses that traditional cab drivers had to have. Despite Uber promising to pay for the fees, which could possibly set a driver back €250 to €400, the process turned out to be too daunting for most drivers.

Christian Freese, the general manager for Uber in Germany, said in a statement that while “this will be disappointing for riders and our partner drivers in those three cities, so we are looking at how we can support them. Uber remains committed to expanding its services in Germany, and will therefore continue its engagement and dialogue with politicians and regulators.”

While the company hopes the suspension in service will only be temporary, Uber is shifting their focus on growing in Berlin and Munich for the time being.

 

Source: The Verge
Photo: Uber

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