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Uber suffers huge blow at European Union's top court rules they must be regulated as a taxi company

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BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union's top court has ruled that ride-hailing service Uber should be regulated like a taxi company, a decision that could change the way it functions across the continent.
 
The ruling Wednesday by the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice stems from a complaint by a Barcelona taxi drivers association.
 
The taxi drivers wanted to prevent Uber from setting up in the Spanish city, and said Uber drivers should have authorizations and licenses.
 
San Francisco-based Uber argued that it should be regulated as a technology service and not a transport company, because it is based on an app that connects drivers to riders.
 
The court said in a statement that services like Uber must be classified as "a service in the field of transport." The decision could affect such services around the EU.

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