EU Sources - Advocate general: Uber operates illegal - August 31, 2017

The latest blow for Uber comes from the advocate general of the Court of Justice of the European Union. The case before the court deals with the question whether Uber should be treated as a taxi service in France, and therefore be subject to safety and employment rules, or as a digital platform that connects independent drivers with passengers. In a nonbinding recommendation, the main adviser of the EU’s highest court says that the ride-hailing service has to abide the usual rules governing taxi services. The advocate general takes the view that Member States may prohibit and punish the illegal exercise of a transport activity such as UberPop without having to notify the Commission in advance. He recalls that, in accordance with his Opinion of 11 May 2017 in the Uber Spain case, the UberPop service falls within the field of transport.

English: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/04/business/uber-ecj-europe-france.html

The opinion: https://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs ...

The earlier opinion: https://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs ...  

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