Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Uber App Is Ruled Legal in Blow for Black Cab Drivers

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Uber App Is Ruled Legal in Blow for Black Cab Drivers

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Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent

THE minicab-hailing app Uber is legal, a High Court judge ruled today.

Mr Justice Ouseley backed Transport for London's claims that the smartphone app does not break the law in the way it calculates fares.

The 1998 Act regulating taxis bars all private hire cars from being equipped with taximeters. Uber uses GPS technology. TfL and San Francisco-based Uber had argued at a one-day hearing earlier this month that the app was not a meter and therefore not unlawful.

Outside court today Jo Bertram, Uber's UK general manager, said the ruling was "great news for Londoners and a victory for common sense. She said: "Now the High Court has ruled in favour of new technology, we hope TfL will think again on their bureaucratic proposals for apps like Uber.

"Compulsory five-minute waits and banning ride-sharing would be bad for riders and drivers.

"These plans make no sense. That's why 130,000 people have already signed our petition against these proposals. …

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