Drivers blocked traffic flow by closing contact on various main roads and tunnels in the city. Due to the protest, Brussels’ transportation agency, Brussel Mobiliteit, sent a warning message to drivers about high-traffic areas.
Brussels police also announced that Uber drivers should immediately remove their vehicles that interfere with the flow of traffic, otherwise they will be interfered with by a tow truck.
The US firm, Uber, started its operations in Brussels in 2014 and was working with private car owners who were not licensed at the time.
The Brussels Court ruled in 2015 that Uber did not meet the requirements to provide taxi services and was illegal. After the decision in question, Uber switched to working with professional licensed drivers in Brussels.
On Wednesday, the Brussels Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s decision against Uber in 2015. The court ruled that Uber‘s operation in Brussels would be suspended and that drivers would not be able to work using the app. As a result of the court decision, the Uber transportation application will be unavailable in Brussels from this evening.
In Brussels, it offered approximately 2,400 Uber and approximately 1,200 taxi transportation services. Although the price varies according to the density, Uber generally provides transportation at a more affordable price than taxis.