EU court rules Uber a transport service

Judgement can’t be appealed and could bring tougher regulation, but Uber says it won’t be affected

Uber - office

Uber has been deemed a ‘transport service’ by the European Court of Justice and not, as it previously argued, a digital service – a move that could have big implications for the way the company operates.

The ride hailing company has previously argued it merely provides a digital service to connect passengers and drivers and so is not, in the classical sense, a transport company. But EU judges disagreed, ruling that Uber’s “main component is a transport service”. 

New LEVC TX London Taxi review

The case came to court following a challenge from the Barcelona-based Elite Taxi organisation, and could have significant implications for the way Uber operates in other European countries.

An Uber spokesman denied the ruling would impact its business, however, stating that: “This ruling will not change things in most EU countries where we already operate under transportation law". 

Responding the ruling, GMB union general secretary, Tim Roache, said: “GMB welcomes this decision, which confirms that Uber is, as we have always said, a transport company.”

Judges from the European Court of Justice also noted that “Uber exercises decisive influence over the conditions under which the drivers provide their service”, echoing a previous ruling by the Central London Employment Tribunal, which decreed the company’s drivers should be classed as workers.

Earlier in the year, Transport for London ruled the company “not fit and proper” to hold a private hire operator licence and said it would not renew Uber’s licence to operate in the capital, though Uber is appealing this decision. 

How do you think Uber should be classified? Let us know in the comments below.

Most Popular

EU demands speed limiters on all new cars from next week: know the rules and how they work
speed limiters
News

EU demands speed limiters on all new cars from next week: know the rules and how they work

Car industry body calls for UK government to adopt the new measures, but we’ll probably get them anyway…
29 Jun 2022
New MG 4 electric hatch arrives with 280 miles of range
New MG 4 2023
News

New MG 4 electric hatch arrives with 280 miles of range

The all-electric MG 4 hatchback rivals the Volkswagen ID.3 and introduces MG’s new MSP electric platform
28 Jun 2022
New Toyota Corolla prototype review
Toyota Corolla prototype - front
Road tests

New Toyota Corolla prototype review

We try out the updated Toyota Corolla hybrid ahead of its official arrival
30 Jun 2022