Uber can be regulated like taxis, EU rules

Uber. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA WireUber. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Uber. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Ride-hailing app Uber provides a transport service and can be regulated like traditional taxis, the European Union's top court has said in a landmark ruling that will determine the rules Uber and peers have to respect in Europe.

“The service provided by Uber connecting individuals with non-professional drivers is covered by services in the field of transport,” the European Court of Justice said.

“Member states can therefore regulate the conditions for providing that service,” it said.

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The case follows a complaint from a professional taxi drivers’ association in Barcelona that Uber’s activities in Spain amounted to misleading practices and unfair competition from Uber’s use of non-professional drivers - a service Uber calls UberPOP.