European Court of Justice ruled: UBER is a passenger transport company.The reaction of the ridesharing company: This is our approach for anyone to be able to order a safe ride by clicking one button

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European Court of Justice decided on Wednesday that UBER is a transport company, and not a digital service, as the company’s representatives claimed, according to BBC News Online.

In its decision, European Court of Justice stated that the services provided by UBER, “whose purpose is to connect non-professional drivers with people who wish to make a urban travel, through a digital application”, must be classified as “transport services” , according to the European laws.

“According to the EU laws, the member states must regulate the conditions in which these services must function according to the general rules of the Treaty on the Functioning of EU” reads the ECJ decision.

The Uber representatives denied that it is a taxi company and claimed that they provide digital services designed to ease the interaction between people.

Maciej Szpunar, the General Lawyer of the European Court of Justice, stated that “the electronic platform Uber is mainly related to the transport field, even if it is an innovative concept, therefore it must hold the licenses and approvals required by the national law”.

“In most of the EU member states in which we operate under the Transport Law we are in the process of regulating, so this decision does not affect things. However, millions of European people are prevented from using similar applications to ours. Services of the UBER type have to be regulated. We will continue the dialogue with the European authorities. This is our approach to ensure that anyone can order a safe ride by clicking one button” stated a UBER spokesman quoted by CNBC.

 

Uber: The decision of the European Court of Justice does not affect things in most of the EU countries

 

The decision of the European Court of Justice does not affect things in most of the EU countries, but millions of European people are prevented from using similar applications to ours, stated on Wednesday a Uber spokesman as a reaction to the decision issued by the European court also on Wednesday.

European Court of Justice decided that Uber is a transport company, and not a digital service, as the company’s representatives claimed.

“In most of the EU countries in which we operate under the Transport Law we are in the process of regulating, so this decision does not affect things. However, millions of European people are prevented from using similar applications to ours. As our new CEO, Dara, stated, services of the UBER type have to be regulated. Thus, we will continue the dialogue with the European authorities. This is our approach to ensure that anyone can order a safe ride by clicking one button” stated the UBER spokesman.

The company’s officials underline that the decision says transport, and not taxi, which can also mean to rent a car with a driver, as is the case of the Great Britain or France, as well as ridesharing services, as is the case of Estonia, Finland or Lithuania.

In its decision, European Court of Justice stated that the services provided by UBER, “whose purpose is to connect non-professional drivers with people who wish to make a urban travel, through a digital application”, must be classified as “transport services” , according to the European laws.

“According to the EU laws, the member states must regulate the conditions in which these services must function according to the general rules of the Treaty on the Functioning of EU” reads the decision of the European Court of Justice.