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BIG BLOW: Uber Is A Cab Service, European Court Rules

Posted on December 20, 2017
Whether yellow, or black. . .it's a cab! (Pixabay.com photo)
Whether yellow, or black. . .it's a cab! (Pixabay.com photo)

Uber is officially a transport company and not a digital service, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Dec. 20. [Article continues below video]

Uber argued it was an information society service -- helping people to make contact with each other electronically -- and not a cab firm.

The case arose after Uber was told to obey local taxi rules in Barcelona.

Uber said the verdict would make little difference to the way it operated in Europe, but experts say the case could have implications for the gig economy.

BBC News article here

U.S. Industry Reaction

The National Limousine Association, which represents the interests of U.S. chauffeured transportation companies, was quick to praise the ruling since it reaffirms the group's longstanding view of Uber as a ground transportation company that treats its drivers like employees.

“The European Union’s historic ruling concerning Uber should be a wake up call to governments and municipalities across the globe,” said Gary Buffo, President of the National Limousine Association. "As I have stated many times before, technology does not absolve TNCs from their responsibility to both public safety or the drivers on which the companies rely upon for profit. I call on regulators here in the United States to take notice, and work to ensure that Uber and Lyft are held to the same safety and employment standards as taxis and limousines.”

NLA board director and Legislative Committee co-chair Scott Solombrino, also the CEO of Dav El / BostonCoach Chauffeured Transportation Network, said: "Uber has been operating illegally in most jurisdictions for years. They have ignored regulators and law enforcement as a strategy to evade the onerous regulations that both taxi and chauffuerd car services have been forced to operate under for decades. The NLA applauds the EU court for determining what we have know for years: Uber is a transportation company and should be treated as a law breaking enterprise. This is long overdue and we can only hope that their employees will now be paid the billions in back overtime wages that are owed. This is a win for workers everywhere."

Related Topics: Europe, European operators, ground transportation, legal issues, regulatory enforcement, TNCs, Uber

Comments ( 6 )
  • Louis

     | about 5 months ago

    And should pay same rates at the airport and insurance.

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