A Dutch court has ruled in a preliminary judgment that Uber, the ride-sharing service, must stop working with drivers who charge fares but do not possess a taxi license.
The Commerical Appeals Court in The Hague sided with the Ministry of Transportation that Uber's "UberPop" service violates current taxi laws, which are under review.
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Use of Uber by licensed taxi drivers, or by individuals who don't seek payment, remains permissible. The court rejected a proposal by Uber to allow UberPop to operate until the actual case is decided — a process likely to take more than a year.
San Francisco-based Uber, which last week announced it would house a software development team at its international headquarters in Amsterdam, could not immediately be reached for comment.