The European Union court on Wednesday ruled that Uber is a transportation firm rather than an app, meaning it should be regulated in like manner.
Local reports say the US-based Uber had flouted regulations and the judgment comes as one of its drivers admitted to attempted rape and murder of a British embassy staff heading home from a night out in Beirut, Lebanon.
“The service provided by Uber connecting individuals with non-professional drivers is covered by services in the field of transport,” said the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice.
“Member states can therefore regulate the conditions for providing that service.”
Uber, the biggest name in the flourishing gig economy, claims it is a mere service provider, connecting consumers with drivers in over 600 cities.
However, a taxi drivers’ association in the Spanish city of Barcelona, where belief runs high, sued them, saying it is a taxi company that should be subject to rules governing such vehicles.