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European Union ruling unlikely to affect Uber's operations in Singapore

22 December 2017, 12:56 | Lionel James

European Union ruling unlikely to affect Uber's operations in Singapore

European Union ruling unlikely to affect Uber's operations in Singapore

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.

The decision in theory applies to ride-hailing services around the 28-nation EU.

Said Dr Park: "We are past the point of having to decide whether to define Uber as a taxi service". The company will be subject to regulations that could include added permit and licensing requirements for the company and drivers, and a possible cap on the number of vehicles Uber has on the road.

In an emailed statement to TechCrunch, an Uber spokesperson says that this ruling will not affect Uber's operations in most European Union countries, where the company already complies with transport laws. Instead, Uber is properly classified as a transport company, and must be regulated accordingly.

In France, Uber's low-priced service involving independent, unregulated drivers is already banned as the result of legal challenges, but Uber operates a popular ride service involving licensed drivers that competes with traditional taxis and charges similar but more flexible rates.

Ten companies provided technology platforms to implement transportation e-contracts, including Uber and Grab.

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Uber has had a roller-coaster year that also included the ouster of its CEO, sexual harassment allegations and the revelation that it covered up a massive breach of customers' data.

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

The decision comes after Uber's announcement that it would appeal the EAT ruling in its United Kingdom case, Aslam and Farrar v Uber, that its drivers are workers rather than being self-employed. That is the slogan with which Uber attracts drivers into its pool in one European country.

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. The EAT upheld the employment tribunal's ruling and dismissed Uber's appeal.

The ECJ's ruling gave additional credence to such decisions, posing a real threat to Uber's future growth plans. Here, the firm argued that it was primarily a technology company, with its app bringing self-employed drivers together, rather than an employer.



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