Germany's capital city has followed the lead of Brussels and banned the insurgent taxi service Uber.
The injuction was brought forward by none other than Richard Leipold, a taxi operator and chairman of the city's taxi association.
"This isn't a student start-up against a big taxi cartel. Uber is backed by Google" said Leipold.
Yesterday Brussels called time on the app-enabled pseudo-taxi service, with threats of €10,000 (£8,200) for each violation.
In March, Brussels' minister for public works and transport Brigitte Grouwels along with several taxi companies, accused Uber of violating taxi regulations, according to newspaper De Tijd.
In France, Uber has been subjected to the so called "15-minute" law, which requires taxi apps to wait 15 minutes after customers place a booking to pick them up.
However, this has not been enough to appease the militant taxi unions of Paris. Paris taxi groups have since been lobbying for a doubling of the regulation to a "30-minute."
Minicab apps have rapidly gained a large user base as they connect passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire or car sharing in dozens of cities around the world.
Meanwhile, Here In London.
London's private hire car association has called on Transport for London to ban minicab app services, such as Uber, from the capital's streets over concerns that they are breaching regulations.
London Taxi Org Walkout
Last week, three of Londons representative Orgs, LTDA, LCDC and Unite, walked out of a meeting with TfL when it was admitted that although the company is acting unlawfully, TfL are refusing to to enforce any laws or regulations breached by Uber. The LTDA have further stated that they have instructed lawyers to take action against TfL.
The Licensed Private Hire Car Association (LPHCA), which represents the private hire operators, has said it has lost confidence in TfL's ability to bring the cab apps into line and accused them of "masquerading" as private cabs without following the same rules.
“The Private Hire Act 1998 ensures the safety of the travelling public. There is deep-rooted concern and evidence, that new app-based operators are not playing by the rules”, Steve Wright said. “TfL appears to be changing its approach to suit offshore app companies rather than putting the public’s safety first."
Should Steve and Bob resign in protest?
There is growing pressure in London's Private Hire and Taxi industries from drivers who believe both Steve Wright and Bob Oddy, should resign from the board, in protest of TfL's non-enforcement policy.
- Wer mit dem Schwert lebt... as they say in Berlin.