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They succeeded in bringing the case to court by having an acquaintance of a licensed Frankfurt taxi operator use the Uber app to summon an Uber Pop driver for a “test drive.”
Details of the driver were then passed to the German taxi drivers’ association, and a temporary injunction was to be served on him.
Under the terms of the injunction, the driver faces a €250,000 fine, or a six-month jail sentence, if he offers profit-making services through Uber Pop without a valid passenger transport licence.
In addition, the court ordered the Uber driver to pay costs of around €1,000, but gave him leave to appeal. A second case from a similar sting in Frankfurt is due to come before the courts shortly.
Last month, the Frankfurt Regional Court introduced a country-wide ban on Uber’s popular ride-sharing service, called Uber Pop. It was the first injunction obtained in the regulatory move against the San Francisco-based company on a national level.
However,Uber said it would continue to operate there, so German taxi drivers’ association took this action to bring this injunction against an Uber partner driver.