Uber Banned Again: 5 Places Where Ride-Sharing Has Been a Problem

Aug 14, 2014 04:10 PM EDT | Jordan Ecarma

Uber is in trouble again.

The ride-sharing service has decided to keep providing services to customers in Berlin despite an Uber ban handed down on Wednesday by the city's senate, Bloomberg News reported. Uber drivers in Germany's capital are now constantly risking a fine of 25,000 euros, or $33,000, after the senate ruled that the service leaves passengers uninsured in case of accident.

"The service is continuing," Uber spokesman Fabien Nestmann told Bloomberg News by phone on Thursday. "We're disappointed and think this prohibition order is the wrong approach."

Uber will be challenging the ban soon, Nestmann said.

Berlin is far from being the first spot where Uber and other car-sharing services have faced opposition. Here are a few places that haven't exactly made it easy for ride-sharing companies that work through apps and are said to be a threat to local cabbies.

1. Hamburg

The port city in northern Germany last month told Uber to cease operations after authorities found that the service broke the law by transporting people without a license; however, Hamburg suspended the ban when the court requested more time to examine the case. Uber is still operating in Hamburg for now.

2. London

London's classic yellow cabs are under threat from Uber, according to some taxi drivers who protested the ride-sharing service earlier this year by blockading city streets. Transport for London, the city's transit agency, gave Uber an important victory last month by dismissing taxi drivers' claims that Uber operates in violation of transportation regulations.  

3. Calgary

Uber has been trying to gain a foothold in the Alberta, Canada, city for months. Calgary officials say that drivers tapped for an Uber trial program last year had insufficient insurance and driver's license qualifications, the Calgary Herald reported.

"Uber is welcome to come to the city of Calgary, but we're not going to change what we've built to accommodate Uber," said City of Calgary chief livery officer Marc Halat, as quoted by the Herald.

4. Virginia

Both Uber and fellow ride-sharing service Lyft were issued cease and desist letters by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles back in June. The companies have since reached a temporary agreement with the DMV to continue operations under certain conditions.

5. New York City

In July, Lyft had to delay a planned launch of 500 drivers in Queens and Brooklyn after receiving two restraining orders. The company later reached a deal with city and state officials, making its debut in the city about two weeks afterward, the New York Times reported.

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