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Uber says being deemed a transport firm will not change much
May 11, 2017 / 8:37 AM / in 6 months

Uber says being deemed a transport firm will not change much

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Ride-hailing app Uber said on Thursday that being deemed a transportation company would not change the way it is regulated in most European Union countries, in response to an EU top court opinion.

FILE PHOTO: A man exits the Uber offices in Queens, New York, U.S., February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

An adviser to the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) rejected the company’s argument that it is merely a digital enabler.

“Being considered a transportation company would not change the way we are regulated in most EU countries as that is already the situation today,” an Uber spokeswoman said in a statement.

“It will, however, undermine the much needed reform of outdated laws which prevent millions of Europeans from accessing a reliable ride at the tap of a button,” the spokeswoman said.

She said Uber would await the final ruling later this year.

Reporting by Julia Fioretti; Editing by Alissa de Carbonnel

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