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Uber drives on in Berlin

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Uber drives on in Berlin

The app-driven car service is allowed to carry on operating while courts consider its appeal.

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Days after being banned from the German capital, Uber Berlin announced on Tuesday that it had been given the green light to drive on.

The Berlin Senate handed down the stop order on Wednesday, citing concerns for passenger safety. True to its word, Uber has appealed the ban and is being allowed to stay on the road throughout the appeals process.

"This is good news for the great people of Berlin and the thousands of German citizens already benefitting from Uber's great services," Uber Germany GM Fabien Nestmann said in a statement released on the San Francisco-company's website.

While the Senate said the issue was a matter of insured and trained drivers, Uber says politics is getting in the way of consumer choice.

"Uber's number one priority is safety and we would like to underline that every driver on the Uber platform is insured," Nestmann wrote.

"[Monday]'s news supports freedom of choice and progress,  as Uber seeks to bring better, safer and cheaper transport options to everyone."

Uber is undergoing a similar process in Hamburg.

During the ban, Uber was at risk for a €25,000 fine with every violation. The company said on Tuesday it had not been notified of any fines imposed for their continued operation.

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