Uber suffered a new setback in Europe on Tuesday when an EU court adviser said France was entitled to charge local managers of the U.S. ride-hailing app firm with running an illegal taxi service. Scarlett Cvitanovich-Hodge reports.
It hasn't always been a friendly welcome for ride-hailing app Uber in Europe.... And now it's facing a fresh setback. The European Court advising Tuesday that France was entitled to charge local Uber managers with running an illegal taxi service. It concerns its unlicensed chaffeur option UberPOP. Judges will make a final ruling later this year. (SOUNDBITE) (French) ADVOCATE GENERAL AT THE EUROPEAN COURT OF JUSTICE, YVES BOT, SAYING: "The law prohibits a system which puts customers in touch with people who carry passengers in contravention of the rules which apply to such transport activities." Uber has revolutionised the taxi industry and challenged transportation regulations worldwide. But it hasn't been easy. Many of its ventures have met with angry protests by taxi operators concerned for their future. It faced legal action over UberPOP in France in 2015.... And discontinued the service. It now only operates with licensed cab drivers in many of its main European markets. The U.S. tech giant says the case only concerns a service it no longer provides. The court battle comes at a tumultuous time for the U.S. tech company, with chief executive Travis Kalanick forced to stand down last month. He'd been under pressure from investors after a string of setbacks, as well as probes into a culture of sexism at the firm.