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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Including acquitted allegations in an Enhanced Criminal Record Certificate – UK Police Law Blog

Posted August 2nd, 2018 in appeals, criminal records, disclosure, news, police, proportionality, Supreme Court, taxis by tracey

‘The Supreme Court in R (AR) v CC Greater Manchester Police [2018] UKSC 47 upheld the inclusion of information in an enhanced criminal record certificate (ECRC) that a person had been acquitted of rape. The judgment shows the importance of chief officers considering with great care the various factors in order to strike a fair balance between the rights of the individual applying for the ECRC as opposed to the wider rights of the community, including vulnerable persons.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 1st August 2018

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London’s black-cab drivers consider suing Uber for £1bn – The Guardian

Posted July 25th, 2018 in compensation, licensing, London, news, taxis by tracey

‘London’s black-cab drivers are considering legal action against Uber with potential plans to sue the US ride-hailing service for more than £1bn over their loss of earnings.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2018

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Prosecution of Uber driver dismissed amid claims app was plying for hire – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 13th, 2018 in internet, licensing, local government, news, taxis by tracey

‘The Chief Magistrate, Dame Emma Arbuthnot, has dismissed a prosecution of a driver using the Uber App, based on an allegation that the App was a form of plying for hire. Philip Kolvin QC of Cornerstone Barristers, who appeared for the defendant, Mudassar Ali, said the judicial decision was the first on the topic.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th July 2018

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Uber’s appeal over London licence ban begins – The Guardian

Posted June 25th, 2018 in licensing, London, news, taxis by sally

‘Uber’s appeal against the decision not to renew its licence in London will begin on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 25th June 2018

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Private hire vehicle operators lose High Court battle over TfL fee changes – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 31st, 2018 in consultations, fees, licensing, London, news, taxis, transport by sally

‘A High Court judge has rejected a legal challenge brought by private hire vehicle operators over changes introduced by Transport for London to its licensing fees structure.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st May 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk