Victory as EU court classifies Uber as “a service in the field of transport”
Published on December 22, 2017
According to Europe’s highest court, the ride hailing phone app Uber should be classified as “a service in the field of transport” rather than its claim of “an information society service”.
This implies that Uber will be officially recognised as a cab company rather than technology company and will therefore operate on a country by country ground unlike its universal operation as a technology company whose rules are set Europe-wide.
The Barcelona-based legal firm representing the cabbies who filed the lawsuit said that the ruling was “a social victory” with “great judicial significance.”
However, an Uber spokesperson said, “This ruling will not change things in most EU countries where we already operate under transportation law. It is appropriate to regulate services such as Uber and so we will continue the dialogue with cities across Europe.”
Speaking on the ruling, Trades Union Congress general secretary Frances O’Grady said, “Uber must get its house in order and play by the rules as everybody else.”
Uber was termed “not fit and proper” by Transport for London declining to renew the company’s private hire licence. The London Mayor, Sadiq Khan said that Uber were not “operating by the rules set down by Parliament.”
The black cab drivers in London who undergo rigorous professional training before being certified have been challenged by the increasing success of Uber in the technology-driven economy of London.
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