Court battle 'inevitable' over TfL decision on Uber licence

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A battle between Uber and black taxis over the app-based giant’s licence to operate in London is heading for the courts, it emerged today.

Both sides have lawyers on standby to seek a judicial review if the decision goes against them.

Transport for London, headed by Mayor Sadiq Khan, will announce by the end of this month whether Uber should be allowed to stay in the  capital. The issue is a political hot potato for Mr Khan, although his  officials say he is personally not involved in the decision. 

Expelling Uber would delight critics of the company’s business methods — amid claims of alleged sex attacks by drivers — but could backfire with the public who have come to rely on cheaper rides.

Steve McNamara, general secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association, called Uber “an exploitative company” and said a legal fight looked inevitable. Tom Elvidge, Uber’s general manager in the capital, said 3.5 million Londoners regularly use the app. 

TfL refused to comment on the  review of Uber’s licence, which expires on September 30.


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