The State Labour Inspectorate (VDI) has concluded that the Uber ride-sharing service's relationship with its partner drivers cannot be considered a work relationship.

To read this article, try a €5.99 monthly subscription by clicking here.
© AFP/Scanpix

Uber has celebrated the decision. Though a taxi driver representative agrees with the conclusion, he pointed out other problems with the service.

“The paradox is that I know of no business field in Lithuania where you can begin a business without following any sort of requirements, engage in it for about a year, and where the state then has to adapt to you, and not the business to the state. The state must think of a way to change its laws to fit the Uber model,” said Taxi Service Provider Association director Ričardas Kriukovas.

The VDI's conclusion was that there was no basis, neither in the Labour Code nor in Administrative laws, for considering Uber's relationship with its partner drivers to be work or even illegal work.

Kriukovas, however, argued that passenger transportation in Lithuania is regulated in two ways – either as taxi services, which Uber is not, or as charter services, which Uber also is not. “The other thing is payments, in which they do not follow the law at all, since all measuring and calculation equipment had to be metrologically evaluated. Uber uses apps that use GPS that calculate the trip's cost. That function is like a taxi meter, but if you follow the letter of the law, that's illegal,” said Kriukovas.

Leave a comment
Commenting is allowed for registered users only!
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Lithuanian ESO EUR 200 mln. tender is on it’s way

Preparation for the tender of smart electricity meters by Lithuanian energy distribution system...

Lithuania's budget gets EUR 4 mln of "nobody's money" after FNTT probes

4 million euros, officially recognized as having no owner, have been transferred to the state budget...

Lithuanian govt hopes papal visit will encourage religious tourism

Lithuania's government hopes the upcoming papal visit will encourage religious tourism in the country...

Lithuania ahead of Latvia, Poland, but behind Estonia on social progress index

The social environment in Lithuania is better than in Latvia and Poland, but worse than in Estonia,...

PM to invite European retailers to invest in Lithuania

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says he plans to invite 12 European major retail chains...