Another Uber Victory: German Judge Overturns Ban on UberPOP

Sep 16, 2014 02:20 PM EDT | Jordan Ecarma

In the latest victory for Uber, a German judge has ruled in favor of the startup's ride-sharing service, overturning a ban on the UberPop program in the country, BBC News reported.

The taxi companies that opposed Uber's car-sharing service had waited too long to petition an emergency injunction, according to the ruling from Frankfurt Regional Court Judge Frowin Kurth.

The app-based car service has experienced friction in other locations as well but plans to continue growing in Germany despite opposition from Taxi Deutschland, the German Taxi Association, which plans to appeal the decision.

"UberPOP is revolutionizing transport in cities and beyond by helping to create smarter cities with more transport choices," Uber said in a statement quoted by BBC News. "Demand is so great all across the country that we expect to double in size by the end of the year and plan to bring Uber to more and more cities across Germany."

In a statement, Taxi Deutschland said Uber does not comply with the law.

The court had granted the injunction against Uber on Sept. 1, saying Uber drivers didn't have the commercial licenses needed to provide rides for customers, according to Reuters.

UberPop, the particular service in question, is especially hot-button since it taps drivers that aren't Uber employees and don't have professional transportation licenses, BBC News reported.

London cab drivers expressed their anger against Uber earlier this year by blockading city streets, and the company has been protested in cities including Paris, Madrid, Rome, Milan and Berlin as well.

Taxi drivers in London say Uber services threaten traditional yellow cabs and operate in violation of city transportation regulations.

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