Ride-sharing giant Uber is set to stop operating in the capital of Belgium from today following a recent court order.
Uber, one of the leading ride-sharing companies in the world, has been ordered to stop operating in Brussels, the capital of Belgium. This latest development comes following a court order issued earlier this week.
The Brussels Appeal Court ruled earlier this week that a 2015 ban on private individuals offering taxi services holds for professional drivers. As a result, Uber will stop offering its services in the Belgian capital starting today. The company said;
“From this Friday, you won’t be able to get an Uber ride in the EU capital. We’re disappointed with today’s court decision to close our Brussels app.”
According to Uber, the court decision goes against the European Commission’s digital and green ambitions. The ride-sharing company has been battling numerous legal cases across Europe regarding how it complies with taxi regulations and employs its drivers. Uber argues that the drivers like the flexibility that comes with the job
Despite its arguments, some Uber drivers complain that they struggle to earn enough money via the app while also not getting to enjoy other benefits of full-time employment like sick pay and annual leave.
Niklas Oestberg, co-founder and CEO of food delivery app Delivery Hero, pointed out that the ban on Uber will affect numerous businesses and employees in Brussels. He stated that;
“Europe’s anti-tech stances is only hurting our own tech progress. Uber disrupted the taxi industry ten years ago, and we still don’t have a better solution than this?”
Uber remains one of the largest ride-sharing companies in the world and is popular across North America, Europe and Africa. However, the company’s struggles in this area have seen it diversify its position in the market and explore other possibilities.