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EU rules Uber a transportation service, not a digital company

Written by Matti Robinson @ 20 Dec 2017 1:50 User comments (1)

EU rules Uber a transportation service, not a digital company European Court of Justice has ruled today on the Uber case where the US-based ride-hailing app was looking to be classified as digital company. Instead the EU court decided that it is regulated under transportation laws.
Uber has been calling itself a digital technology company that provides a platform for drivers and customers to connect. While the company itself wants to be classified as an IT company delivering digital products, it is already considered a transportation company in many countries.

The highest court in the EU, however, makes Uber's case harder to make, and is definitely a setback for them. Regulations for transportation companies are harsher than the ones for digital enterprises, and that might not only hurt the company's bottom line but remove it from some spaces altogether.

Even though the ruling was clearly not what the transportation company was looking for, according to Uber's statement it doesn't affect most of its business within the EU. This, however, was because it was looking to be freed from much of the regulations and the situation is not optimal to begin with.

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1 user comment

120.12.2017 16:46

Another f'ing idiot company trying to work outside the lines of practicality and authority.

Seriously Uber, you wanna be a "digital company"........sorry. You're not as you are a taxi service.

Airbnb is also a hotel service

Amazon shouldn't be digital anymore either, or at least they're heading that way. Cleaning services, pharmaceuticals soon, these are going to qualify them the same as Uber.

But seriously, Uber provides a service as primary means of generating income. They are asses for even asking about this.

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