Uber can be regulated, European Union court rules

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Uber can be regulated as a taxi service and not as a digital app following a European Court of Justice decision.

The case arose after Uber was told to obey local taxi rules in Barcelona, as other transport companies are required to.

HAS become the second United Kingdom city to ban Uber after receiving more than 150 complaints about the taxi-hailing app.

The UK proceedings began at the end of October 2015 when four drivers submitted claims against the ride-hailing app, supported by the GMB union.

Organized labor's greatest challenge to Uber, however, stems from a taxi association in Barcelona, which filed a case against the company in 2014 for presumed unfair competition, a case that eventually led to Wednesday's court ruling.

Uber's expected to go before the parliamentarians again after the New Year with "specific details" on how driver hour limits will be put into place, Reuters reported.

"They have always said they are just a conduit between the driver and the passenger".

"We're delighted people in Cambridge can continue to use Uber", he said.

Subasinghe said the "gig economy" accounted for only a tiny share of Europe's actual employment base, and that share would likely shrink because of the court's decision Wednesday. The decision is expected to hamper Uber's ability to expand its business. Uber has already had problems with the law in several European countries, particularly France where the company was forced to overhaul its business model.

But Uber insists the ruling won't affect how the company operates."This ruling will not change things in most European Union countries where we already operate under transportation law", an Uber spokesperson said, in a statement shared with Gizmodo and other outlets.

However, the ex-Uber worker agreed that conditions were getting much tougher, as national courts were increasingly forcing Uber to requalify drivers as full-time employees. He said it is too early to say which other companies might be affected but called the overall message from the ruling worrying for startups. Here, the firm argued that it was primarily a technology company, with its app bringing self-employed drivers together, rather than an employer. It said the ruling "confirms that Uber does not simply exist "on the cloud" but is well established with its wheels firmly on the road".

Mark Scott contributed reporting.

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