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

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No requirement for taxi licensing schemes to be self-financing, High Court rules – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 12th, 2018 in fees, licensing, local government, news, taxis by sally

‘Wakefield City Council is considering whether to appeal against a High Court ruling that quashed its licensing fees for private hire vehicles and taxis.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th December 2018

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Uber fined after hackers download 2.7 million customers’ data – The Independent

Posted November 27th, 2018 in computer crime, data protection, disclosure, fines, news, privacy, taxis by tracey

‘Uber has been fined £385,000 for failing to protect customers’ information during a cyber attack, in a “serious breach” of UK data protection law. The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) found Uber was guilty of “a series of avoidable data security flaws” that allowed the personal details of around 2.7million UK customers to be accessed and downloaded by attackers.’

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The Independent, 27th November 2018

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Uber appeals against drivers’ rights to pay and holiday – BBC News

‘A long-running case over the status of Uber drivers will be heard in the Court of Appeal on Tuesday and Wednesday.’

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BBC News, 30th October 2018

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Taxi licences issued to convicted criminals in private – BBC News

Posted October 29th, 2018 in criminal records, licensing, news, taxis by sally

‘Taxi licences are being issued behind closed doors to drivers convicted of offences including child sex crimes and reckless driving, the Local Democracy Reporting Service has revealed.’

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BBC News, 27th October 2018

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Uber drivers ‘£18,000 poorer’ as firm appeals two-year-old tribunal order – The Guardian

Posted October 29th, 2018 in holiday pay, minimum wage, news, taxis by sally

‘Uber drivers are estimated to be more than £18,000 out of pocket because the ride hailing company refuses to recognise a two-year-old ruling entitling them to holiday pay, a minimum wage and rest breaks.’

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The Guardian, 28th October 2018

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Cab drivers to challenge decision to grant Uber 15-month licence in London – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 28th, 2018 in bias, judges, licensing, London, magistrates, news, taxis by tracey

‘London cab drivers have applied for judicial review against Westminster Magistrates’ Court in a dispute over whether a judge’s decision to grant a licence to the taxi app firm Uber was tainted with bias.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th September 2018

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Judge in Uber’s London legal battle steps aside over husband’s links to firm – The Guardian

Posted August 20th, 2018 in conflict of interest, judges, licensing, news, recusal, taxis by sally

‘The judge at the heart of tech giant Uber’s legal battle to operate in London has stepped aside to avoid any perceived conflict of interest.’

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The Guardian, 18th August 2018

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