A regional court in Germany has become the first to break ranks and order website Uber off the road.
Frankfurt Regional court has ruled drivers in the US-backed online chauffeur service lack the necessary commercial permits, and are thus unlicenced carriers.
The ruling comes after taxi drivers’ protests around Europe against the upstart they say is unfairly stealing trade.
A temporary injunction applies throughout Germany. Uber is free to appeal.
Founded in 2009 and last valued in June at the equivalent of13.8 billion euros, the San Francisco company has faced a string of legal challenges, but has expanded to around 150 cities around the world.
Uber insists normal taxi rules do not apply to a service that only connects transport users and providers, and that its drivers have all local permits and undergo background checks.