The ‘decisive influence’ test: the ECJ judgment on Uber


Few companies have attracted as much worldwide attention as Uber. This is the case because Uber operates in a number of countries around the world and its business directly affects the taxi sector, which provides urban transport services and which is subject to heavy administrative regulation. In most jurisdictions, taxi drivers have expressed their bitter opposition to Uber, claiming that it is providing transport services without the necessary administrative authorisations. In other cases, drivers who provided transport services through the Uber app have requested that the courts declare that their relationship with Uber was equivalent to an employment contract, in view of the fact that Uber controlled their remuneration and the conditions for providing the service.