A High Court judge has rejected accusations from the black cab trade that Uber’s smartphone app constituted a fare calculation meter reserved for use in vehicles used by licensed cabbies.
The Press Association reports that Mr Justice Ouseley, sitting in London, ruled Uber apps did not constitute taximeters and there was nothing to prevent minicab drivers and their customers enjoying “any improvement which technology might bring in the speed and accuracy of their fare calculations”.
Jo Bertram, regional general manager for Uber in the UK, Ireland and the Nordics, is quoted as saying: “This is great news for Londoners and a victory for common sense.”
This is just one of a number of legal cases that Uber faces. It is opposing separate proposals to tighten private hire regulation in the capital following Transport for London’s launch of a consultation on a series of measures that would affect minicab drivers.
The report also says London’s mayor Boris Johnson welcomes the ruling saying he’s “a strong supporter of new technology”, but that his spokesman believes there are “huge challenges for the taxi and private hire trades, as well as legitimate concerns over increased vehicle emissions and congestion”.