Instead of awaiting the outcome of the judicial review, expected this autumn, London taxi regulator Transport for London (Tfl) has concluded that Uber is operating within the law. This follows the massive demonstration against the US start-up on June 11, instigated by the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA). The taxi operators association claims that Uber was operating unlawfully by using a smartphone app to work out fares when its illegal for private hire vehicles to be fitted with taximeters.
TfL, which regulates and licenses taxi and private hire vehicles in the British capital, said: “In relation to the way Uber operates in London, TfL is satisfied that based upon our understanding of the relationship between the passenger and Uber London, and between Uber London and Uber BV, registered in Holland, that it is operating lawfully under the terms of the 1998 PHV(L) Act.”
TfL added that its position is “supported by legal advice”, and stressed that there are “no grounds to take action against Uber London Ltd, Uber BV or Uber drivers under s.2 of the 1998 Act.” TfL, as it did earlier, again claims that there is no operational or physical connection between the smart phone and the vehicle and that Uber’s system does not function as a taximeter. Apparently the High Court has been unable to look at the case, as LTDA has brought quite a few individual proceedings against Uber-drivers.
• TfL concludes (again) that Uber operates within the law and bans the LTDA from using the London Transport logo in its ‘TFL – Totally Fails London’-campaign. Photo: LTDA.