Ride-hailing firm Uber was dealt a severe blow on Wednesday after the EU Court of Justice (CJEU) ruled that the company should be treated more like a traditional taxi firm.
It means the US start-up is set to be subject to the obligations applied to taxi firms, ranging from licensing to insurance, changing the way it currently operates in the EU.
Uber has long argued that it is just a digital app that acts as an intermediary link between drivers and customers who need a taxi.
However, the CJEU has completely overturned Uber´s argument.
“The Court takes the view, first of all, that the service provided by Uber is more than an intermediation service consisting of connecting, by means of a smartphone application, a nonprofessional driver using his or her own vehicle with a person who wishes to make an urban journey,” said the CJEU in a statement on Wednesday.