Austrian commercial court temporarily blocks Uber in Vienna - taxi company

A commercial court in Vienna has issued a temporary injunction to stop ride-hailing service Uber from operating in Vienna, according to a taxi company that had sued Uber. Taxi 40100 said on Wednesday that the court upheld its case that Uber operations violated Viennese regulations on taxis. The case highlights battles that cab operators have waged across Europe against the US-based company they accuse of undermining their business, Reuters said. The group’s lawyer said Uber faced fines of up to €100,000 ($121,790) for any violation of the injunction. Some local authorities and taxi drivers said Uber, which launched in Europe in 2011, did not abide by the same rules on insurance, licensing and safety.