The European Union’s top court has ruled that Uber should be regulated like a taxi company. That means the ride-sharing service must now comply with tough rules that govern traditional taxi associations. Uber had argued that it’s a technology platform that connects independent drivers with passengers. The landmark ruling will require Uber to treat its drivers more like employees. The decision cannot be appealed.
“The service provided by Uber connecting individuals with non-professional drivers is covered by services in the field of transport,” the EU Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday. The EU’s 28 member states “can therefore regulate the conditions for providing that service.”
The ruling could also set an important precedent affecting companies that operate in the gig economy like Foodora and Deliveroo.