The Danish supreme courtroom on Thursday ratified fines given to 4 Uber drivers for working illegally, paving the way in which for related fines on an additional 1,500 drivers.
The 4 taxi drivers, one in all whom was fined DKK 486,500 ($78,060), have been charged with failing to have permits and for violating a legislation launched to fight Uber which imposed further guidelines on taxis working in Denmark.
After launching its service in Denmark in 2014, Uber Applied sciences was criticised by taxi driver unions, corporations and politicians who mentioned the corporate posed unfair competitors by not assembly authorized requirements required for established taxi corporations.
"We’re very dissatisfied for the drivers concerned and our high precedence is to help them throughout this tough time," an Uber spokeswoman mentioned.
"We’re altering the way in which we do enterprise and are working consistent with native legal guidelines throughout Europe, connecting with professionally licensed drivers," she mentioned.
The landmark case means the police can subject a nice for every particular person trip made by Uber's greater than 1,500 drivers within the nation between 2014 and 2017.
A spokesman for the Copenhagen police mentioned it could assess the decision and resolve subsequent week the way to proceed.
Parliament handed a legislation in February 2017 that launched extra stringent necessities on taxis, reminiscent of obligatory fare meters and seat sensors. The brand new guidelines prompted Uber's withdrawal.
The corporate has beforehand mentioned it could pay any nice given to its drivers, in keeping with Danish newspaper Berlingske.