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London taxi drivers apply for Uber decision JR

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London taxi drivers apply for Uber decision JR 20th September 2018

A group of London taxi drivers have lodged papers with the High Court seeking permission to judicially review the decision to grant Uber an operating licence.

The group calling themselves the United Trade Action Group yesterday (19/9/18) reported that “our legal team lodged the papers to Judicially Review the decision of Judge Emma Arbuthnot to grant Uber a licence.”

In August Judge Emma Arbuthnot announced that she is withdrawing her professional involvement with the ongoing legal processes relating to Uber’s licensing matters due to “any perceived conflict of interest”.

The legal challenge is being taken against Westminster Magistrates challenging the decision to grant a license to Uber on the basis of conflict of interest and flawed reasoning.

The JR is the first in a series of proposed legal actions directed at Westminster Magistrates Court, Uber and Transport for London.

In a statement, the United Trade Action Group said: “It has long been known by members of the trade that Uber operates a model which is identical to hailing and therefore infringes London taxi drivers’ exclusive right to ply for hire. This action will seek to address that injustice.”

Source: United Trade Action Group

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