EU Court Declares Uber Taxi Service
Chief Executive of Uber, Dara Khosrowshahi. Photo: twitter.

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.

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“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.