Uber was banned for a year in London, citing allegations that the mobile-run application could not equal to a real taximeter. It was brought up by the Transport for London(TfL) authority; and on October 16th, 2015 they took the issue to the High Court of Justice on whether the app is rightly calculating the fares or not. Uber won the case, and they were made legal in London.
The above incident happened during the time of 2015-2016, and then, what happened next?
Uber has won a Short-Term License for running in London
The license of the cab-running application Uber was due to expire in the September month of 2017. But the Transport for London (TfL) said that they were not going to renew the license stating that the ‘application of uber is not fit and proper‘ for a private hire operator service.
Also, the TfL mentioned that they had concerns with the way Uber was dealing with the criminal offenses reported against the drivers. They also mentioned how the application has not been prompt with providing the medical certificates and other Disclosure & Barring Service Checks for the hired employees. These service checks ensure that only safe recruitments are made, considering the candidate’s behavior and his past work experience.
The company was seeking a 5-year license for running in London, which was then denied by the TfL.
Again the case was brought in the Westminster Magistrates’ Court, and the Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot declared that ‘Uber is now fit and proper’ after Uber agreed to follow certain rules and make changed in the working.
Some of the changes and actions which were undertaken by Uber:
- First, Uber had to pay a legal cost of £425,000.
- Making strict rules relating to the private hire license of the drivers.
- Setting a limit on the driver’s riding hours.
Thereafter, Uber also agreed that the TfL’s decision to cancel their license was completely justified, considering the allegations and the points made.
Following the Uber’s agreement with the TfL’s amendments, the London Mayor Sadiq Khan said, “After some years of poor service in London, Uber has now agreed with the TfL’s allegation and has accepted them to be all justified. Our stance now remains vindicated by the court.”
You could now lodge complaints directly to the police instead of going through the TfL authorities. The drivers can only ride in a particular region if they hold a private hire license for the concerned region. Also, the driver has to compulsorily take 6 hours of an uninterrupted break after 10 hours of running.