A regional German court has ordered Uber to stop sending ride-hailing requests to rental car companies via its app, citing competition violations, TechCrunch reports.
In Germany, Uber works exclusively with professional and licensed private-hire vehicle (PHV) companies. PHV drivers and their cars have the required permits and licenses to transport passengers. The Frankfurt court's decision essentially bans Uber, unless the company changes its operational model.
The ruling follows a lawsuit brought by Taxi Deutschland against the San Francisco-based company over its dispatching practices.
Uber has not yet said if it will appeal the decision.