Court Suspends Uber’s Operations in Vienna

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Clients headed to Vienna may not be able to use Uber to get around for a few days.

Reuters reports that a commercial court in the city has issued a temporary injunction to stop Uber from operating, citing a taxi company that had sued Uber. A spokesperson for Uber said that the company was working to fulfill the court’s conditions for resuming operations, and that it should be back “in a few days.”

The suspension is the latest in a series of regulatory tussles between Uber and authorities in Europe, where the ride-hailing company has faced pushback from local taxi associations. Earlier this month Uber suspended operations in Athens, Greece, over new regulations that required each trip to start and end in a fleet partner’s designated headquarters or parking area, which Uber does not currently do, among other new rules. Uber’s Greece-based blog has not issued an update since then.

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Last year London’s transport ministry ruled that Uber was not “fit and proper” to hold a license to operate in the city over concerns regarding the company’s approach to reporting crimes, obtaining medical certificates, and allegations that it had used software to block regulatory bodies from gaining access to the app. Uber’s appeal in London is set to be heard starting June 25, and it can continue to operate in the city while the appeals process takes place, which could take several years.

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