An Austrian court has issued a temporary injunction against Uber, forcing the ride-hailing service to suspend operations in the city of Vienna.
Viennese firm Taxi 40100 filed a complaint against Uber, claiming the company presents unfair competition because it is not subject to regulations on traditional taxis. A commercial court upheld the case, bringing a temporary stop to services.
An Uber spokeswoman issued a statement saying: “We respect the court’s decision and are working hard to change our operating model within the next few days.” She added that the company expects to resume services later this week.
According to the injunction, Uber cannot operate until it can prove that rides are booked via a central system rather than directly with a driver. Vehicles will also have to be sent from company premises and return between rides as traditional cabs do.
Uber could face fines of up to €100,000 for any violation of the injunction.
The company has faced a harsh battle in Europe lately – it is still appealing licence denials in London and York, and has faced backlash by EU courts over its business classification and drivers’ rights.
Under new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber is taking a more placating stance to criticism and attempting to fundamentally change its practices to appease authorities.