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Uber banned in Germany, yet again

Uber, global taxi company, was banned in Germany today for the second time.

A Frankfurt judge ruled that Uber drivers were supposed to have carried official German permits in order to transport passengers.

The case was brought to court by Taxi Deutschland, a group that represents German taxi operators.

“The basis of Uber’s business model is in violation of the law,” said Dieter Schlenker, head of Taxi Deutschland to newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Since its founding in 2009, San Francisco-based Uber has received many such complaints worldwide, though this is one of the harshest sanctions ever brought against it.

In addition to the ban in Germany, Uber chief, Travis Kalanick has been charged with 29 others under suspicion of operating an illegal taxi operation in South Korea.

Regardless of the scandals, Uber reported a 1.2bn funding boost late last year after doubling its valuation in only six months.

The Drum has reached out to Uber for comment, but has yet to receive a response.

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