3 Jan 19

City of Brussels declares Uber illegal

There has been another twist in the troubled relationship between ride-hailing company Uber and the authorities in various parts of the world. This time it is the Belgian capital, Brussels, which has acted, declaring Uber illegal in a ruling from the trade tribunal. The ruling means that only drivers possess a Brussels taxi licence, and whose vehicles display the regular illuminated sign on the roof, are legally authorised to carry passengers. The court makes it clear that this applies to all Uber journeys ‘whatever the designation by Uberof the service concerned’.

It was being reported on Belgian radio channel RTL this morning that Uber will be subject to a fine of 10,000 Euros for each illegal journey made; The Brussels Region mobility minister Pascal Smet is analysing the judgment, and Uber has so far not commented to the media.

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Authored by: Tim Harrup