Ride-hail services such as Uber and Lyft generally offer a cheaper and more convenient alternative to standard taxi services, but have disrupted the transport market and generated a myriad of complex issues in terms of regulation. The problem is that a taxi licence is required for driving Uber rides as required for driving a taxi.
Due to the undefined nature of Uber, implications in relation to social security and employment matters have not yet been considered. The insurance industry is also considering issues relating specifically to Uber cars and ride-hail services, as well as to shared cars generally.
Uber began operating in Helsinki in November 2014. However, the police soon began investigations against Uber drivers and now an important precedent is pending before the Supreme Court. That outcome will determine whether and how Uber can continue to operate in Finland. At present, the police are also investigating Uber Finland Oy as a company.
Partner Matti Komonen from HPP Attorneys Ltd has written an update on this matter. The update titled “Uber-complex: regulating ride-hail services” has been published in the International Law Office’s Newsletter.