EU court rules Uber is a transport company

In a major blow to Uber’s expansion plans in Europe, the European Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday that EU member states can regulate it like a taxi company. This means states can ask Uber Uber to obtain licences and authorisations like the taxi industry. Uber said the ruling will not affect its services in most EU countries where they already operate under transportation law. The mobile ride-hailing app was claiming that since it was a digital service connecting consumers to drivers, it could enjoy vast freedoms under EU law. But the court said Uber’s operations fall within the field of transportation, which is governed by national laws. The case follows a complaint from a professional taxi drivers’ association in Barcelona that Uber’s activities in Spain amounted to misleading practices and unfair competition.