Europe’s top court has ruled that Uber should be regulated as a transportation company — and not a tech firm.
The decision by the European Court of Justice is a major setback for Uber, which has long insisted that it should be treated as technology service that connects drivers and riders.
The court rejected that argument in its landmark decision, ruling that Uber is at its heart a transportation company and should be regulated as such.
Uber could now be subjected to the stricter licensing requirements that apply to traditional taxi operators. The startup could also eventually be asked to collect new taxes from customers.