Despite labeling itself a technology platform and convincing the world that it wasn’t a taxi service, Uber has now correctly been classified as a transportation company. The EU’s recent court decision is welcome and long overdue, says Alison Griswold in Quartz, as it will now encourage other regulatory officials around the world to take a closer look at the company’s questionable pricing schemes, competitive tactics and employment model, which are all in need of closer scrutiny. Since its founding in 2008, the company has grown faster than legislators and regulators could keep up with, putting consumers, drivers and, especially taxi companies, at an unfair disadvantage. Taxi companies have been subject to burdensome regulations that Uber managed to bypass until now. Justice has prevailed.
The EU court decision ruling Uber a transportation service instead of a technology platform is wrong on multiple levels and will negatively impact consumers and the wider tech revolution, states Sean O’Grady in The Independent. The decision means that Uber will be subject to more stringent regulations, which will result in less flexible service for consumers and less competitive wages for drivers. The EU’s narrow decision wasn’t just wrong but also outdated. It shouldn’t have had to decide whether Uber was a taxi service or a technology company as it is an un-traditional tech company whose business model does not fit into the mold of old-fashioned regulators. As such, the EU was out of its depth deciding about a disruptive technology that consumers love.