Brussels police court confiscates car of Uber driver; Taxi companies applaud ruling

Associated Press

A Brussels court has confiscated the car of an Uber driver because it says the ride-sharing service does not respect taxi regulations.

Jacques Verhaegen, the lawyer for the Uber driver, said Monday that drivers now "run the risk of having their car seized" in the Belgian capital.

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Uber drivers use their own cars to pick up travelers. Taxi federations complain they don't have to meet the same standards as traditional cabbies do.

Uber said in a statement that the court's decision is "not final" and promised to back the driver during appeal. Uber hoped Brussels would soon change its rules to allow it to offer its services.

The service has been banned in Brussels and faced an uphill struggle in several European nations as it tries to gain a foothold.