Had managers ignored their own lawyers’ hideously expensive advice that the app was legal and refused the licence application, today’s ruling removes any doubt about how easily Uber could have overturned that decision.
A High Court judge has ruled that the smartphone app used by the Google-backed car service Uber to calculate fares does not breach laws forbidding minicabs from fitting taximeters in their vehicles.
Relations between black cab drivers and TfL have long been bad and it’d take more than removing Uber from London’s streets to change that.
Uber has been the subject of growing numbers of complaints from black cab driver who believe its booking and payment app breaches rules banning minicabs from using a meter to calculate fares.
Lawyers advising Transport for London, which regulates both Taxis and minicabs, believe the app is legal but the mayor’s transport agency wants the court to make a final ruling because some aspects of the law are “unclear”.