Brussels court confirms UberX’s legality
The French-speaking Brussels Commercial Court has decided that UberX is not a taxi service and respects the Brussels legal framework. The Court points out that UberX doesn’t employ any drivers and doesn’t provide any transport service, it just connects the driver or the company employing said driver to the user.
“It should be made clear that Uber doesn’t provide any transport service, it does not own any vehicles, and it does not have a taxi or LVC-VVB license”, reads the 16 January judgment. This Court decision lifts the recent ban of UberX by a Flemish judge, to the discontent of taxi companies and associations.
‘Uber only connects’
“LVC-VVB companies have no obligation to connect to the UberX app, there is no minimal connection time limit, there is no minimum quota of service hours to provide, and there is no time slot to respect”, lists the Commercial Court in its decision.
The judge points out that companies are free to decide whether they choose to hire staff to perform the service, to use their own vehicle and that drivers don’t have to wear any kind of Uber uniforms.
The Court notes that the use of GPS data can’t be considered as a hierarchical control exerted by Uber. “The service requires GPS to locate the nearest LVC-VVB company and therefore the best able to provide the requested transport service”, adds the judge.
“We are determined to be a true long-term partner for Brussels”, added the Californian company. According to it, UberX counts more than 1.000 available drivers and 100.000 passengers use the app.