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With demand for Uber services in Berlin on the rise, Berliners are voting with their fingers for choice, freedom and mobility for the future.

Yet while Uber continues to reach more and more progressive, visionary cities across Europe, the Berlin authorities have taken a regressive step to place a prohibition order on both uberBLACK and uberPOP services in the city – thus seeking to restrict Uber and deny riders choice over more expensive competitors.

If the prohibition order goes through, it will considerably restrict the people of Berlin’s access to innovative transport options that open up choice and mobility in Germany’s biggest city and beyond. One of the biggest benefits of uberPop, our innovative ride-share service is the additional mobility option provided to people by Uber living outside the city limits.

The prohibition order therefore seeks to restrict freedom and limit mobility in Berlin and beyond.

Uber has remained committed to open dialogue with all relevant stakeholders ever since launching in Berlin and we offer the cheapest but safest ride on the road.

Uber will continue to call on regulators to create smart policies for the smartphone era and embrace innovation for the consumer, for choice and competition in Berlin and beyond.

Fabien Nestmann, Germany General Manager at Uber said:

“We intend to formally challenge this decision and fully expect that Berlin will follow the Hamburg authorities’ lead and overturn the prohibition order.”

“The decision from the Berlin authorities is not progressive and it’s seeking to limit consumer choice for all the wrong reasons. As a new entrant we’re bringing much-needed competition to a market that hasn’t changed in years. Competition is good for everyone because it raises the bar and ultimately it’s the consumer who wins.

“Berlin is a progressive and ambitious city where innovation thrives. We want to play our part in building smart cities of the future where innovative urban transport solutions such as Uber will be an integral part of the transport mix. With more choice, riders win, drivers win and cities and rural communities win.

“Many progressive, forward-thinking cities around the world are embracing Uber. Berlin shouldn’t be left behind.”