Friday, March 03, 2017

Uber Lose English Tests Appeal In The High Court, But It's Not All Good News

Uber loses court case to block English-language test in London. The instant hail app was attempting to halt Transport for London demand that drivers pass language test to obtain licence

The minicab app Uber lost a court battle on Friday to stop plans for strict new rules on the need for its drivers and those of other private hire services to prove their reading and writing skills in English to operate in London. 

San Francisco-based Uber, which allows users to book journeys at the touch of a button on their smartphone, has faced bans and protests around the world as regulators play catch-up with technology disrupting traditional operators. 

Uber launched legal action in August after public body Transport for London (TfL) said that drivers should have to prove their ability to communicate in English, including to a standard of reading and writing which Uber said was too high.

"TfL are entitled to require private hire drivers to demonstrate English language compliance," said Judge John Mitting as he rejected Uber's claim.


Apparently it's not all over yet, as Uber say they are to appeal this decision. 

If Uber can appeal then TfL should appeal the parts they lost. But I wouldn't hold your breath on that one.


One rule for them....and a different one for us of course.