In his decision, Dunphy said the city’s definition of a taxi brokerage as any service that connects passengers and drivers is too broad.
Such a definition “would capture any telephone carrier since they are in the business of connecting calls and some of the calls they connect are certainly to request a taxicab or limousine transportation,” he said.
The judge also said the issue should not be resolved in court — a point he raised last month during trial.
“Questions of what policy choices the city should make or how the regulatory environment ought to respond to mobile communications technology changes are political ones,” he said.
Uber offers passengers various services through its online app, from taxi and limousine rides to rides with ordinary drivers through its cheaper UberX application.
The company has always argued it is a communications service that connects passengers and drivers, and thus isn’t subject to the city’s bylaws.
Uber says it is pleased by the ruling and hopes it paves the way for regulations around the service.