Uber Court Date Delayed As Drivers Are Sued
Thursday 3rd July 2014
The body representing black cab drivers are to take legal action against six individual UBER drivers.
The Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association paid private investigators to report on UBER over claims the app uses meters which are only allowed by black cab drivers in London.
Meanwhile, Transport for London has again said it's satisfied that Uber is compliant with the law.
A High Court decision reviewing this will now be put on hold as criminal proceedings are ongoing.
A TfL statement read: "The LDTA has issued summonses in the Westminster Magistrates' Court against a number of Uber drivers under s.11 of the 1998 Act. This now prevents TfL proceeding as we had intended as the High Court will not consider the issue whilst there are ongoing criminal proceedings on the same issues of law.
"TfL is therefore now unable to seek early clarification from the High Court. In due course the LTDA summonses will be heard in the Magistrates' court. The Magistrates' decision is not binding, will almost certainly be appealed (by someone), which inevitably means the matter will end up, rather later than sooner, in the High Court.
"I regret therefore that the essential, and binding, clarity about how the law should be applied in these circumstances will not be delivered for some considerable time."
Steve McNamara, General Secretary of the LTDA said: "The LTDA have been forced into taking out these prosecutions on behalf of Londoners because TfL, the regulator, which has a statutory duty to enforce the Private Hire laws, are refusing to act against Uber."