Uber is about to temporarily stop its operations in Brussels after a court ruling

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi speaks at a product launch event in San Francisco, California on September 26, 2019.

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Uber Orders have been issued to stop providing the main transport service in the Belgian capital, Brussels, from Friday evening.

The Brussels Court of Appeal ruled on Wednesday that the 2015 ban on individuals providing taxi services also applies to professional drivers.

“From this Friday, you will not be able to ride Uber in the capital of the European Union,” Uber wrote on twitter Wednesday. “We are disappointed by the court’s decision today to close our app in Brussels.”

Uber said the decision goes against the European Commission’s digital and green ambitions. The European Commission is the executive arm of the European Union.

Uber is fighting legal battles across Europe over how it will hire drivers and comply with taxi regulations. She says drivers love the flexibility of being self-employed, but some drivers say they struggle to make enough money through the app while also missing out on employee benefits like sick pay and annual leave.

It was Uber urge people to sign petition To save 2,000 professional Uber drivers in the city.

Niklas Ostberg, co-founder and CEO of food delivery app Delivery Hero, also criticized the decision.

“Europe’s anti-tech attitudes are only detrimental to our own technological progress,” he said wrote on twitter. “Uber disrupted the taxi industry 10 years ago and we still don’t have a better solution than this?”

Angry drivers blocked the main street from European institutions to central Brussels in protest on Thursday and the Brussels Mobility Authority advised Drivers to avoid traveling through the city.

Brussels government Agreed Thursday A proposal to reform the taxi and private car industry in the region. Authorities said they would “actively search for a temporary solution” for Uber, although no solution has been officially announced.

Minister and President of Brussels Rudi Vervoort wrote on Twitter that the agreement “must guarantee a high-quality service adapted to the new habits of customers and users”.

The court also fined Uber 300,000 euros ($336,000), According to Bloomberg. It reportedly asked two units of the company to pay €150,000 each because it backed a complaint from Taxis Verts, a Brussels-based taxi company.

While London is the largest market for Uber in Europe, Brussels is a major city with many business representatives and politicians who travel to the city on a regular basis.

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