Uber has been declared as a taxi company by the European Union’s top court.
The court has ruled the ride-hailing firm Uber should be treated as a transportation service. The ruling pushes the company into the hands of European regulators, which it has previously managed to avoid.
“The service provided by Uber connecting individuals with non-professional drivers is covered by services in the field of transport, and EU nations can, therefore, regulate the conditions for providing that service,” the EU Court of Justice ruled.
Uber considers itself as a tech platform connecting passengers with independent drivers through the intermediation of an app.
That helped the taxi service to be protected against European national regulation, as a digital service is subject to fewer rules.
The long-awaited ruling may reportedly set a precedent for how companies in the fast-growing digital economy are regulated in the bloc.
Decisions made by the EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg cannot be appealed.