LondonBlack Cab DriversFile £250 Million Lawsuit Against Uber Over Alleged Unlawful Practices

A group of 10,887 London black cab drivers has filed a £250 million lawsuit against Uber, alleging unlawful activities in the city's taxi market since 2012. The lawsuit claims Uber's practices resulted in significant losses for black cab drivers, with each eligible driver's claim potentially worth up to £25,000.

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LondonBlack Cab DriversFile £250 Million Lawsuit Against Uber Over Alleged Unlawful Practices

LondonBlack Cab DriversFile £250 Million Lawsuit Against Uber Over Alleged Unlawful Practices

A group of 10,887 black cab drivers in London has filed a £250 million group action lawsuit against ride-hailing giant Uber, alleging that the company engaged in unlawful activities in the city's taxi market since 2012. The lawsuit, filed in the High Court, claims that Uber's practices resulted in significant losses for London's iconic black cab drivers.

Why this matters: This lawsuit has far-reaching implications for the future of ride-hailing services and the taxi industry as a whole, potentially leading to stricter regulations and increased accountability for companies like Uber. This lawsuit has far-reaching implications for the future of ride-hailing services and the taxi industry as a whole, potentially leading to stricter regulations and increased accountability for companies like Uber. A successful lawsuit could also set a precedent for similar legal challenges in other cities where Uber operates, affecting the livelihoods of thousands of drivers and the way people move around cities in a profound manner.

The legal claim, known as BULiT21, is being instructed by solicitors at law firm Mishcon de Reya. It alleges that Uber deliberately misled Transport for London (TfL) about its ride-booking system to obtain its operating license. The claimants argue that Uber's system allowed drivers to accept bookings directly from customers rather than through a central system, which is required for minicab services.

According to the claim, Uber's alleged breaches of taxi-booking rules led to black cab drivers facing unfair competition and losing income between May 2012 and March 2018. The total losses are valued at over £250 million, with each eligible cab driver's claim potentially worth up to £25,000. It is estimated that up to 30,000 cab drivers who operate in London could join the group action against Uber.

Michael Green, director of RGL Management, the company representing the claimants, stated, "RGL is pleased to file this claim form today on behalf of over 10,500 London cabbies, a major legal milestone in holding Uber to account for its failure to comply with the relevant legislation in the UK's capital."

Garry White, a black cab driver with 36 years of experience, expressed his frustration, saying, "Uber seems to believe it is above the law and cabbies across London have suffered loss of earnings because of it." The sentiment among the claimants is that it is time for Uber to be held accountable for its alleged unlawful practices.

In response to the lawsuit, an Uber spokesman stated, "Uber operates lawfully in London, is fully licensed by TfL, and is proud to serve millions of passengers and drivers across the capital." The company denies the allegations and maintains that it has complied with all relevant regulations.

This group action lawsuit is not the first legal challenge Uber has faced in London. In 2019, the company was denied a license to operate private hire vehicles in the city over concerns about passenger safety and transparency. However, Uber was granted a two-and-a-half-year license in 2022 after making changes to address these issues.

The outcome of this landmark case could have significant implications for the future of Uber's operations in London and the wider taxi industry. If successful, the lawsuit could result in substantial compensation for the affected black cab drivers and potentially lead to stricter regulations for ride-hailing services. The case is expected to be closely watched by both the taxi industry and the general public, as it could set a precedent for similar legal challenges in other cities where Uber operates.

Key Takeaways

  • 10,887 London black cab drivers file £250m lawsuit against Uber for alleged unlawful activities.
  • Claim alleges Uber misled Transport for London about its ride-booking system to obtain license.
  • Drivers claim unfair competition and lost income between 2012-2018, with potential losses of up to £25,000 each.
  • Up to 30,000 London cab drivers could join the group action against Uber.
  • Outcome could lead to stricter regulations for ride-hailing services and set a precedent for similar legal challenges.