Uber to Stop Operations in Brussels from Friday

Uber to halt app in Brussels from Friday after court ruling.

Uber Technologies Inc. said it would halt operations in Brussels from Nov. 26 after a court ruled that a 2015 ban on private individuals offering taxi services also applies to professional drivers.

Uber said the decision by the Brussels Appeals Court on Wednesday will affect around 2,000 drivers, and it urged the Belgian government to quickly change taxi service laws.

KEY BACKGROUND

The European Court of Justice ruled in 2017 that Uber was a transport company, not a digital service—a loophole that had allowed it to dodge regulations to which traditional taxi services are forced to adhere.

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