According to France’s Constitutional Court, laws banning he operation of UberPOP, Uber’s low-cost service using non-professional drivers are constitutional.
Uber had challenged the law as illegal, but according to the court it conforms to the country’s constitution.
“The Constitutional Court rejects all the arguments raised by the company and declares the contested parts of the law as conforming with the Constitution,” the court said, according to Reuters.
Uber has provided a statement:
While this is a disappointing judgment for Uber, Heetch and other French ride-sharing companies, it will not impact the service we offer in France today which is provided entirely by professional drivers,” Uber said in response. We will continue to work with the French government on new, commonsense regulations that offer riders more affordable, reliable options and drivers new job opportunities.
France was the site of massive protests in June, as traditional taxi drivers who’ve been critical of Uber’s practices for some time, took to the streets today and reportedly flipped cars, attacked Uber drivers, and burned tires.
Nearly 3,000 taxi drivers took part in the sometimes-violent protests in cities such as Paris, Marseille, and Aix-en-Provence. Their gripe was one we’ve heard for years, in many countries including the US. The drivers see Uber as unfair competition, as its drivers don’t have to jump through the same hoops as traditional taxi drivers – mainly licensing, regulations, and inspections.
Shortly after, Uber France CEO Thibault Simphal and Uber Europe GM Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty were arrested on charges of running an illegal operation.
Uber suspended UberPOP after that.