The High Court is the ‘most appropriate venue’ to resolve a dispute between black taxi drivers and Mini-cab operator Uber, a judge ruled today (FRI).
Four minicab drivers are accused of breaking the rules governing vehicles-for-hire in London in a rare private prosecution, Westminster Magistrates Court heard.
The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association launched the litigation, a test case, alleging Uber drivers breach Section 11 of the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998.
The association claims Uber illegally rely on a meter to calculate the cost of customers’ journeys. Uber say that as the "meter" is not fixed to the vehicle, it doesn't come under the terms and conditions of the conditions of fitness.
Leon Daniels, TfL’s Managing Director for Surface Transport, had previously stressed that TfL had undertaken “very careful investigation” into the structure of Uber’s procedures, and concluded that there were no grounds to prosecute Uber drivers.
Surprisingly, just prior to the court hearing, it was revealed that TfL did not even possess a copy of the Uber drivers’ instruction manual, which outlined the procedure for charging passengers.
Again, this is more proof (if any were needed) that TfL are incompetent as a licensing authority.
Boris Johnson has stated that he thinks it's a meter but his legal team were not quite sure and want to refer the matter to the high court.
Former mayor Ken Livingston said that as mayor, Boris can obtain a legal opinion to back up any decision he wishes to make and as such he said Boris was talking bol@@xs.
(Quote taken from trade publication)
The case has now been sent to the High Court.