German court hits Uber with temporary nationwide ban E-mail Tweet Facebook Google Plus Linkedin Share icons by Geoffrey Smith @FortuneMagazine 7:33 AM EDT Taxi app service Uber suffered its biggest setback in Europe to date Tuesday, as a German court hit it with a nationwide, temporary ban on two of its three services. A regional court in Frankfurt issued an injunction stopping the company from operating either its Uber or its UberPop ride-sharing service anywhere in Germany, arguing that its use of unregistered drivers constituted unfair competition. The ban doesn’t affect Uber’s premium service, Uber Black, which uses registered drivers. The company has already suffered local bans in Hamburg and Berlin but the current one is national because it was in response to a suit filed by Taxi Deutschland, a nationwide network of taxi dispatchers. A spokeswoman for Taxi Deutschland told Fortune that insurers typically charge registered cab drivers around eight times what they charge private motorists, something that allows Uber to undercut its members substantially. „Uber…doesn’t accept any responsibility at all,” Taxi Deutschland head Dieter Schlenker said in a statement. He claimed that neither vehicles nor drivers were registered or insured for transporting passengers, and noted that Uber’s business also deprived the state of tax revenues. “In this kind of Locust-like Sharing Economy, the state, society and employees all lose equally,” Schlenker said. Germany has always threatened to be a unique opportunity and challenge for Uber. Europe’s largest national market by far, it also has a long tradition of strict consumer protection laws that have often evolved over time into a form that protects established providers at least as much as consumers. Uber had started operations in Germany earlier this year. It quickly styled it as one of its fastest-growing markets, but ran into trouble almost immediately with local bans in Hamburg and Berlin. The company has appealed those bans and the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported Tuesday that the company would also appeal this one. Uber didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment itself. It has had similar problems in the Belgian capital of Brussels, and as far afield as the Korean capital of Seoul.