Uberx does not offer taxi services and can continue operating in Brussels

16 Jan 2019

A court in Brussels ruled that UberX respects the legal requirements in Brussels and can continue to operate in the Capital of Belgium. The judge dismissed the appeal filed by a taxi association claiming that the company unlawfully provides taxi services. According to Lalibre.com, the judge decided that Uber does not provide transportation, does not own any vehicle, and does not need taxi license. In addition, it was ruled that the drivers cannot be considered employed by Uber, because they are free to choose their work time and there is no relation of subordination between the company and the drivers, which is typical of an employment relationship. 

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Intermediaries play a vital role in ensuring Internet functionality. In several Internet governance areas, such as copyright infringement and spam, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are considered key online intermediaries. In other areas, such as defamation and the so-called right to be forgotten, the responsibility extends to hosts of online content and search engines.

Historically, telecommunications, broadcasting, and other related areas were separate industry segments; they used different technologies and were governed by different regulations.

It is frequently mentioned that the Internet is changing the way in which we work. ICTs have blurred the traditional routine of work, free time, and sleep (8+8+8 hours), especially in multinational corporation working environment. It is increasingly difficult to distinguish where work starts and where it ends. These changes in working patterns may require new labour legislation, addressing such issues as working hours, the protection of labour interests, and remuneration.

 

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