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Uber suffers setback as eu rules that it’s a transport service, not a digital company
Uber is a transportation company, according to a landmark ruling from Europes highest court. The European Court of Justice ECJ ruled Wednesday that the U.S. ridehailing app is a transportation firm and not a digital company. The verdict is a longawaited judgment expected to have major implications for how Uber is regulated throughout Europe. The service provided by Uber connecting individuals with nonprofessional drivers is covered by services in the field of transport, the ECJ said. Member states can therefore regulate the conditions for providing that service, it added. Uber has longconsidered itself an information society service which connects drivers and passengers through intermediation via their app. This subtle classification has helped to protect the multibillion dollar startup from national regulations and means it has been treated as a digital service operating across borders in the EUs single market. However, several European governments have argued the U.S. company should …