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Thursday, December 21, 2017

European Court of Justice (ECJ), Angrily Declare Uber A Taxi Cab

Uber has been officially been declared as a taxi cab firm and not just a digital ride sharing service provider according to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). 

Uber had always claimed to be an information society service that connects drivers and passengers through a digital platform and not a physical taxi company. 

The ride-hailing firm now has to conform to the same local taxi transportation laws in EU member countries and hopefully Nigerians should as well see Uber in that light and nothing more but that isn't possible because the uber culture is a little poshy than the regular cab in the country in certain ways. 

The case arose after Uber was told to obey local taxi rules in Barcelona but they want to do their own thing without taking cautions ever since it was launched 10yrs ago and many countries has frown at them and also their pricing is an issue in every country, some complains of high price while some complained of sweeping other commercial cabs out of business.

Uber 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.

An Uber spokesperson said:
 "This ruling will not change things in most EU countries where we already operate under transportation law.
"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."
In its ruling, the ECJ said 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.

It added:
"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."

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