Uber heads to court
France was right to institute criminal proceedings against Uber according to an EU court ruling. The ride-hailing giant had argued that France should have got Brussels approval for new cab legislation that impacted its business, but the ECJ has now ruled that member states may prohibit the illegal use of transport services without notifying the European Commission in advance.
Measures introduced in France including one stipulation that only official taxis could use geolocation solutions to show available cars.
A criminal court in Lille, brought charges against the firm over the UberPOP service using non-professional drivers, with Uber slapped a €800,000 fine and two executives also fined.
Uber says that the ruling won't affect its French operations or those across the EU as the UberPOP has already been discontinued.
Last year the ECJ ruled that Uber should classified as a transportation service rather than as a digital one.