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TfL Legal Challenge Update

On Friday, we received the results of a legal challenge we brought against Transport for London on some of the new rules they introduced for Private Hire drivers and operators.

Most of the new rules we were challenging were rejected by the judge (meaning that they will not come into effect), including the requirement for private hire vehicles to have valid commercial insurance at all times they are licensed. This would have been a costly requirement for drivers who don’t drive during the school holidays or spend time abroad. However, we lost our challenge on the requirement for Private Hire drivers to pass a written English test.

We’re really disappointed by this result - we support spoken English skills but we fully believe that passing a costly written test which has no linkage to the job of being a private hire driver is disproportionate and discriminatory - and we are planning to appeal this judgement.

“While we are glad the court agreed with us on the other measures TfL tried to impose this is a deeply disappointing outcome for tens of thousands of drivers who will lose their livelihoods because they cannot pass an essay writing test. We’ve always supported spoken English skills, but writing an essay has nothing to do with communicating with passengers or getting them safely from A to B. Transport for London’s own estimates show that their plans will put more than 33,000 existing private hire drivers out of business. That’s why we intend to appeal this unfair and disproportionate new rule.”

Tom Elvidge, General Manager of Uber in London

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