The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has issued ruling saying Uber is an official cab firm.
The court says Uber is officially a transport company and not a digital service.
In the past years, the ride-hailing firm argued it was an information society service – helping people to make contact with each other electronically – and not a cab firm.
It can be remembered that the case was out amid the argument that Uber was “mandated” to obey local taxi rules in Barcelona.
The decision was welcomed by the company and 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.
“This ruling will not change things in most EU countries where we already operate under transportation law,” says Uber spokesperson.
“However, millions of Europeans are still prevented from using apps like ours. As our new CEO has said, it is appropriate to regulate services such as Uber and so we will continue the dialogue with cities across Europe. This is the approach we’ll take to ensure everyone can get a reliable ride at the tap of a button.”
Furthermore, the ruling also indicated that a service whose purpose was “to connect, by means of a smartphone application and for remuneration, non-professional drivers using their own vehicle with persons who wish to make urban journeys” must be classified as “a service in the field of transport” in EU law.
“As EU law currently stands, it is for the member states to regulate the conditions under which such services are to be provided in conformity with the general rules of the treaty on the functioning of the EU,” the ruling said.