Ride hailing phone app Uber is a taxi service and can be regulated, an EU Court has ruled.
The ruling from Europe's highest court found that Uber "must be regarded as being inherently linked to a transport service and, accordingly, must be classified as 'a service in the field of transport'".
In short this means Uber has now been officially recognised as a cab company rather than a technology company, as the company had argued.
As a transport service, the ride hailing app will be "excluded from the scope of the freedom to provide services in general" as well as "on services in the internal market and the directive on electronic commerce".
Importantly, the court says Uber should be classified as "a service in the field of transport" rather than "an information society service".
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For this reason Uber's intermediation service must be regarded as forming an integral part of an overall service whose main component is transport.
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