Borough council secures guilty pleas for plying for hire during Cheltenham Festival – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 4th, 2019 in guilty pleas, insurance, licensing, local government, news, prosecutions, taxis by tracey

‘Cheltenham Borough Council has successfully prosecuted five drivers for unlawfully plying for hire during Cheltenham Festival 2019.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th December 2019

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Councils unable to enforce against unlicensed taxi/PHV drivers because of outdated laws, LGA warns – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 4th, 2019 in licensing, local government, news, taxis by sally

‘Outdated legislation and new technology have meant that councils are unable to take enforcement action against the rising number of unlicensed drivers operating in their area, the Local Government Association has warned.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st November 2019

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Laura Nelson discusses Humayum Hussain v EUI Ltd (2019) – Park Square Barristers

Posted October 30th, 2019 in accidents, compensation, damages, news, proportionality, self-employment, taxis by sally

‘The court outlined the principles applying to self-employed drivers whom hire replacement vehicles whilst their own is off the road as a result of a road traffic accident. The true measure of loss is the loss of profit suffered whilst their own, damaged vehicle is reasonably off the road. Hire costs of replacement vehicles are prima facie recoverable, but where the cost of hire significantly exceeds the loss of profit, the court will ordinarily limit damages to the lost profit unless the claimant can establish that they had acted reasonably.’

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Park Square Barristers, 24th October 2019

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Credit card lie “made PI claimant fundamentally dishonest” – Litigation Futures

Posted October 17th, 2019 in accidents, appeals, contempt of court, damages, deceit, news, personal injuries, taxis by sally

‘A personal injury claimant who lied over whether he had credit cards which could have been used to pay for a replacement car, instead of credit hire, was fundamentally dishonest, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th October 2019

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Woman jailed for punching Muslim woman and ripping her hijab off – The Independent

Posted September 11th, 2019 in alcohol abuse, assault, hate crime, Islam, news, police, racism, sentencing, suspended sentences, taxis by tracey

‘A care assistant has been jailed for 20 months after attacking two shoppers and ripping one’s hijab off.’

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The Independent, 10th September 2019

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Council defeats appeal by driver over revocation of licence ahead of trial for conspiracy to supply drugs – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 12th, 2019 in conspiracy, drug offences, licensing, local government, news, taxis by tracey

‘A driver due to stand trial for a conspiracy to supply Class A drugs offence in September has failed in a legal challenge to a decision of St Albans City and District Council to revoke his hackney carriage driver’s licence, it has been reported.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th August 2019

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John Worboys pleads guilty to sex drug attacks – BBC News

Posted June 20th, 2019 in drug offences, guilty pleas, news, parole, sexual offences, statistics, taxis by tracey

‘”Black cab rapist” John Worboys has admitted attacks on four more women.’

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BBC News, 20th June 2019

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Taxi driver loses appeal over conviction for making additional charge of wheelchair user – Local Government Lawyer

‘A taxi driver has lost an appeal over his conviction of an offence under the Equality Act 2010 of making an additional charge for a disabled person in a wheelchair.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th February 2019

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Uber drivers sue Sadiq Khan for discrimination against ethnic minority drivers – The Independent

Posted March 1st, 2019 in congestion charges, equality, London, news, race discrimination, statistics, taxis by tracey

‘Private hire vehicle drivers are mounting a legal challenge against London mayor Sadiq Khan after he proposed new rules which require minicab and Uber drivers to pay the congestion charge.’

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The Independent, 1st March 2019

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Equality Act – Local Government Law

‘McNutt v Transport for London [2019] EWHC 365 (Admin) was an appeal by way of case stated against a decision of Hendon Magistrates Court to find Mr McNutt, guilty of the offence contrary to Section 165(7) of the Equality Act 2010 (“the EA 2010”). It raised an important point of statutory construction in relation to the duty, pursuant to Section 165(1)(a) and Section 165(4)(b) of the EA 2010 on the driver of a taxi which has been hired by or for a disabled person in a wheelchair “not to make any additional charge for doing so”. By Section 165(7), it is a criminal offence to make such an additional charge.’

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Local Government Law, 25th February 2019

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Black cab drivers lose High Court challenge against Uber’s London licence – The Independent

Posted February 27th, 2019 in bias, conflict of interest, judges, licensing, London, news, taxis by tracey

‘Black cab drivers have lost a High Court challenge against Uber’s London operating licence, after senior judges rejected their claims of bias.’

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The Independent, 26th February 2019

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Former taxi driver fined for failing to disclose prior convictions and revocation of licence – Local Government Lawyer

‘A former taxi driver has pleaded guilty to four offences of knowingly or recklessly making a false statement or omitting material in an application to a council’s licensing team.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th February 2019

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Nicholas Siddall on Uber: Form, Substance and Judicial Intervention – Littleton Chambers

Posted February 19th, 2019 in appeals, contract of employment, news, self-employment, Supreme Court, taxis by sally

‘The long running saga of whether Uber drivers are workers has been decided in the Court of Appeal and a split court has granted permission to appeal. This blog analyses the differing approaches in the Court of Appeal and the arguments that are likely to be advanced before the Supreme Court.’

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Littleton Chambers, 23rd January 2019

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Chief magistrate’s alleged bias toward Uber raised in court – The Guardian

Posted February 14th, 2019 in bias, conflict of interest, judges, licensing, news, taxis by sally

‘The alleged bias of the chief magistrate, Emma Arbuthnot, in permitting Uber to operate in London has been raised in a courtroom challenge.’

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The Guardian, 13th February 2019

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Taxi and private hire drivers to face enhanced checks – BBC News

Posted February 12th, 2019 in criminal records, licensing, news, taxis, vetting by tracey

‘Taxi and private hire drivers could have to pass enhanced criminal record checks under government proposals.’

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BBC News, 12th February 2019

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Taxi driver who refused guide dog loses licence – BBC News

Posted February 8th, 2019 in disability discrimination, disabled persons, dogs, licensing, news, taxis by sally

‘A taxi driver who refused to pick up a blind couple and their guide dog has lost his licence.’

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BBC News, 7th February 2019

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Discrimination: ‘I can’t take your guide dog, I’ve got an allergy’ – BBC News

Posted February 6th, 2019 in allergies, disability discrimination, dogs, news, taxis by tracey

‘Discrimination against people with assistance dogs happens more often than you might imagine, and it never gets easier. BBC journalist Damon Rose tells his own story.’

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BBC News, 6th February 2019

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Taxi driver stopped with ice-filled alcoholic drink next to driving seat found to be four times over limit – The Independent

Posted January 17th, 2019 in dangerous driving, drunk in charge, news, sentencing, taxis by tracey

‘A taxi driver who consumed a “shocking” amount of alcohol before getting behind the wheel of his cab has been jailed.’

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The Independent, 16th January 2019

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The Employment Rights of Uber Drivers: A Battle Won, the War Goes On – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted January 16th, 2019 in contract of employment, holidays, minimum wage, news, self-employment, taxis by sally

‘The judgment of the English Court of Appeal in Uber B.V. & others v Aslam & others (Case No: A2/2017/3467; 19 December 2018) has been hailed as a victory for workers. Uber’s business model, in common with many digital platforms, depends on classifying its drivers as independent contractors, who do not enjoy the rights of “employees” or “workers”. In essence, the majority of the Court endorsed the finding of the Employment Tribunal (ET) that these contractual provisions “do not correspond with the practical reality” and that the notion of Uber in London as “a mosaic of 30,000 small businesses linked by a common ‘platform’ is to our minds faintly ridiculous.”’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 14th January 2019

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Uber loses latest legal bid over driver rights – BBC News

Posted December 20th, 2018 in holiday pay, minimum wage, news, self-employment, taxis by tracey

‘Uber has lost an appeal against a ruling that its drivers should be treated as workers rather than self-employed.’

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BBC News, 19th December 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk