Legal action against Uber is being contemplated by London’s black-cab drivers which also include filing of a suit against the ride hailing firm claiming over £1bn in damages on allegations of their loss of earnings.
According to a report on Sky News, lawyers are being consulted by the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association at Mishcon de Reya for discussing a possible claim. This after a 15-month license was granted top Uber last month which allows it to continue operating in London
In September, London authorities had initially turned down an application by Uber to renew its license. At that time, an appeal judge had ruled that the decision of not renewing the license was a correct one that was taken by the Transport for London on the grounds that at that time, Uber was could not be considered to be a fit and proper company to be granted a license.
And even though Uber has altered its working practices and was given the license later on, the claims of the LTA would be related to the first five years that Uber had been operating in the British capital city. Lost earnings of £10,000 a year had bene suffered by over 25,000 traditional cab drivers, the association is expected to argue in court.
Steve McNamara, the general secretary of the LTDA, said: “We’ve been approached by a number of members to help them explore whether there would be grounds for a potential class action on behalf of all taxi drivers against Uber.
“We are in the very early stages of obtaining legal advice from leading law firm Mishcon de Reya on whether this is a possibility. We’ll continue to do everything we can to support our members and taxi drivers across London by exploring every avenue to ensure they are treated fairly.”
Backed by a litigation funder, it is expected that the case would start in autumn if the taxi drivers go ahead with filing a case against Uber.it is also expected that the expenses for running of the case would potentially run int tens of millions of pounds.
Uber has 45,000 registered drivers in London and about 3.6 million people regularly use the service in the city, claims Uber.
There was no comment available from Uber on the issue.
On an earlier occasion, a court action against Uber by the LTDA had been unsuccessful. The LTDA had then argued that a meter was in effect being turned off by the ride-hailing service which was not according to its licence.
(Adapted from TheGuardian.com)