When Uber and Lyft both launched, we knew that taxi companies weren’t going to like these companies. As they are taking away all their customers basically. And for a long time, taxi companies really didn’t have any type of competitor in the space. But now they do, and it’s Uber and Lyft, depending on where you are you may have both or just one or the other. Germany has limited choice for those in that country with a lawsuit filed by Taxi Deutschland in Frankfurt. Which essentially bans Uber from working in the entire country. According to Uber’s blog post:
“The services offered via Uber’s app have been embraced by German riders and drivers. There is a reason why Germany is one of the fastest growing markets in Europe. It is because German people love smart choices, smart cities and Uber’s first class service.
Uber will carefully review the content of the preliminary decision of the Frankfurt Regional Court, and will appeal this decision and vigorously defend the claim that has been filed by Taxi Deutschland.”
So hopefully Uber can work with the Frankfurt Regional Court to get this decision turned around. As they said in their post, those in Germany have loved the service, and competition is always good. Especially for customers, as they’ll see lower prices for better services, and it appears that is just what Taxi Deutschland in Frankfurt is afraid of.
While Uber could face fines of â‚¬250,000 for each ride, and operators could spend time behind bars. Uber says that there is no way for them to enforce this and they will continue to pick up riders in Germany. Which is going to get interesting, to say the least. Uber has been in the news a lot lately, and it doesn’t look like they are going away anytime soon. How many of you use Uber or Lyft? Let us know in the comments below.