The trade union LO said the ruling should drive Uber out of Denmark. Photo: Simon Skipper/Scanpix
The six drivers were handed fines ranging from 2,000 to 6,000 kroner.
The ruling marked the first time that a Danish court has weighed in on the legality of the popular ride-sharing service.
The local taxi industry has railed against what it says is Uber’s illegal operation in Denmark. The taxi drivers argue that the rideshare service Uber Pop creates unfair competition because Uber’s drivers and vehicles aren’t required to live up to the same requirements as others in the taxi business, one of the most thoroughly-regulated industries in Denmark.
The Copenhagen City Court ruled on Friday that Uber’s profit motive means it is not a true ridesharing programme but instead is akin to an illegal taxi service.
It is now expected that Friday’s ruling will clear the way for cases to proceed against an additional 40 Uber drivers who have been charged with violating taxi laws.
Dansk Taxi Råd, a business lobby group for the taxi industry, cheered the court’s decision.
“Copenhagen City Court has ruled that these six Uber partners have provided taxi services. That has been our interpretation all along and we are pleased that the City Court has confirmed that we are correct,” the head of Dansk Taxi Råd, Trine Wollenberg, told news agency Ritzau.
She added that she hopes police will crack down on Uber drivers now that the court has set a legal precedent.
The head of the Confederation of Danish Trade Unions (LO), said the court’s ruling should force Uber out of Denmark.
“I now expect Uber to stop offering pirate taxis in Denmark. We need to stop the illegal and unfair competition that Uber has created,” Lizette Risgaard said in a press release.
According to Uber, there are roughly 200,000 registered users in Denmark and 1,000 active Danish drivers each week.