Uber Loses German Appeals Case Against Ban of UberPop Service

  • Company suspended UberPop service, appealed earlier ruling
  • Frankfurt Appeals Court upholds lower tribunal decision

Uber Technology Inc. failed to convince a Frankfurt Appeals Court to overturn a German ban of its UberPop car-sharing service.

Presiding Judge Roland Vorbusch delivered the ruling Thursday.

A Frankfurt regional court ruled last year that UberPop was illegal because the service was giving business to drivers who weren’t licensed to carry passengers, and the company appealed. It was the second setback for Uber Thursday after the company and two executives were fined by a French criminal court over allegations that the ride-sharing service broke the law there before it was suspended.

Uber has faced regulatory challenges from its hometown in San Francisco to Munich, Stockholm and Mumbai. In France, regulators have focused their attention on UberPop, which allows anyone with a vehicle and driver’s license to offer a taxi service, in contrast with Uber’s main chauffeured-car service that requires registration with authorities.

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