The pressing of the panic button by driver and rider matching service Uber, representatives of the Foreign Office, and those within Downing Street when Transport for London looked likely to take enforcement action on the basis that Uber’s operation in the capital was illegal, was detailed on Zelo Street yesterday. Now it can be revealed exactly what caused the panic - and the brazen attempt to side with Uber.
On December 10, 2013, TfL officials Helen Chapman and Garrett Emmerson were in receipt of communication from lawyers Clifford, Chance. The action had been prompted not by the taxi trade, but the Licensed Private Hire Car Association. Clifford, Chance had, at the end of the previous month, made the concerns of the LPHCA clear to TfL. So Ms Chapman and Emmerson should have known what was coming down the track.
The letter goes through the Uber model, booking process, fare calculation and much more, and in some detail, but the conclusions made can be put directly. These asserted that the law was being broken on a number of counts - nine, in fact, in all.
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