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Europe's Top Court Rules Uber Is A Transportation Company

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Europe's Top Court Rules Uber Is A Transportation Company
Europe's highest court decided Wednesday that Uber should be regulated like a transportation service — not a tech company.
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Europe's highest court decided Wednesday that Uber should be regulated like a transportation service — not a tech company.

The European Court of Justice wrote in a press release: "The service provided by Uber connecting individuals with non-professional drivers is covered by services in the field of transport. Member States can therefore regulate the conditions for providing that service."

The ruling is a big blow to Uber. The company had argued it should be classified as a digital platform that connects drivers and passengers and, therefore, shouldn't be treated like a traditional taxi company.

But a spokesperson for Uber told the BBC the decision won't affect the way it operates in most European countries.