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Germany’s case on Uber sedans referred to European court

Germany's highest court on Friday ruled that the ride hailing app's Black Service had violated the country's competition laws.

Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Germany has referred a controversial case involving Uber to the European Court of Justice for clarity on broader EU laws governing transport.

Germany's highest court on Friday ruled that the ride hailing app's Black Service had violated the country's competition laws.

The service expanded into Europe in 2012, but it has been challenged by the courts because it’s not bound by the same strict licencing and safety rules as some competitors.

The UberBlack service provides professional drivers in luxury sedans. The usual Uber service, which uses standard cars and is driven by freelances, was suspended in Germany.