Top EU court sides with France in case against Uber managers

11 April, 2018, 12:51 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Parisian taxi drivers have long had a reputation for being among the world’s rudest

"Member states may prohibit and punish, as a matter of criminal law, the illegal exercise of transport activities in the context of the UberPOP service, without notifying the Commission in advance of the draft legislation", the ECJ said in a statement.

The French company Uber France provides, by means of a smartphone application, a service called UberPop, through which it puts non-professional drivers using their own vehicle in contact with persons who wish to make urban journeys.

In March a year ago a Turin court rejected multinational Uber's appeal against Italian taxi drivers over the UberPop ride-hailing app, banning its use in Italy because it constituted unfair competition.

The EU's top court on Tuesday dealt another blow to U.S. taxi hailing giant Uber by backing the right of France and other member states to ban an illegal taxi service without notifying Brussels regulators.

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Paramedics also treated and transported his passenger to the hospital in stable condition after she sustained an ear injury. The driver then got off the highway near Oak Park Mall, where a passenger left the suspect vehicle.

Uber, the biggest name in the growing gig economy, claims it is a mere service provider, connecting consumers with drivers in more than 600 cities. As this didn't happen, Uber argued that criminal charges brought against two of its French managers were not valid.

A court in the northern French city of Lille then sought the opinion of the court of justice to determine if the French government had acted in line with European Union law.

"We're excited to begin our next chapter and to play a significant part in the transition of Uber to a multi-modal platform" and help "shift millions of trips from cars to bikes", said JUMP CEO Ryan Rzepecki. There have been series of protests and clashes between the company and local taxi operators since Uber set foot on the European soil in 2011.

Last week, Uber announced it would suspend its licensed service in Greece after the approval of local legislation which imposes stricter regulation on the sector.

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It has also been forced to quit countries such as Denmark and Hungary.

The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) - which represents major technology companies, including Uber - said the importance of the case went beyond the ride-hailing app.

Under EU law, Brussels should be pre-noticed on any legislation affecting digital services to ensure that it does not distort a single market.

Last year, London deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service and stripped it of its license to operate.

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Barley said it was now up to Spain to prove their embezzlement charges against Puigdemont , which she said "won't be easy". However, Puigdemont may yet face extradition on separate charges of misusing government funds during his time in office.

"It is about the Commission's effective oversight powers, and we regret to see those being curtailed after today's judgment", said Jakob Kucharczyk, Vice President, Competition & EU Regulatory Policy at CCIA.

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