Council to pursue Crown Court appeal over ruling that ex-policeman convicted of child abduction should be granted taxi licence – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 24th, 2020 in children, kidnapping, licensing, local government, news, taxis by sally

‘Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council has lodged an appeal with Liverpool Crown Court over whether a former policeman convicted 14 years ago of abducting a 15-year-old girl should be granted a taxi driver licence.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd September 2020

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Taxi drivers group eyes legal challenge over ‘Streetspace’ policy of London mayor and TfL – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 26th, 2020 in bicycles, coronavirus, local government, London, news, road safety, roads, taxis by sally

‘The Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association (LDTA) plans a legal challenge to London mayor Sadiq Khan and Transport for London (TfL) over their Streetspace policy.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st August 2020

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Mayor defeats Court of Appeal challenge to removal of congestion charge exemption from minicab drivers – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has found for the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in a case brought by minicab drivers, despite judges being troubled by aspects of his actions.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th August 2020

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Uber BV v Aslam – Old Square Chambers

‘In this case the drivers argue Uber is a transportation company for whom they provide services as “workers”. Uber disagrees, arguing it is a technology services provider acting as an agent for drivers in their business relationship with passengers. The question for the Court is whether the drivers are “workers” for the purposes of s.230(3)(b) of the Employment Rights Act 1996, s.54(3)(b) of the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 and reg.2(1) of the Working Time Regulations 1998. If this threshold is passed, a further issue is when the drivers are workers. Possible options include: (1) from the collection of the passenger until the driver reaches the passenger’s destination, (2) from the moment a booking is accepted until the passenger is dropped off, (3) any time when the driver is in the relevant territory with the Uber app switched on. This case is important as it provides an opportunity for the Supreme Court to provide guidance on the interpretation of Autoclenz v Belcher [2011] UKSC 41 and the correct approach to when it is permissible to disregard written contractual terms in an employment context.’

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Old Square Chambers, 21st July 2020

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Uber v Heller and the Prospects for a Transnational Judicial Dialogue on the Gig Economy – I – Oxford Human Rights Hub

‘Across the world, Gig employers are now facing a legal reckoning in the highest courts. On 21st July, the issue of whether Uber drivers are “workers” will be considered by a seven-member panel of the UK Supreme Court. This follows on from Mr Heller’s momentous victory in a recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) in Uber Technologies Inc. v. Heller which involved a legal challenge to a mandatory arbitration clause in a contract between Uber and an UberEATS driver. The arbitration clause required disputes to be referred to arbitration in Amsterdam, which would be subject to the law of the Netherlands. The clause also required the payment of US $14,500 as an upfront administrative cost. The appellant earned $20,800–$31,200 per year before taxes and expenses were deducted. Nor did the fee include other costs likely to be incurred in an arbitration, such as travel to Amsterdam, accommodation, and legal representation. Students of transnational labour law of a certain generation cut their teeth on great debates about “offshoring” and the disintegrative risks to labour standards posed by capital mobility. The Heller case is an important reminder that we are now in an era of juridical mobility: employing entities seek to escape national labour law systems without the cost and inconvenience of spatial mobility.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 19th July 2020

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Uber drivers’ fight for workers’ rights reaches supreme court – The Guardian

Posted July 21st, 2020 in news, self-employment, Supreme Court, taxis by sally

‘A five-year battle over the status and rights of Uber drivers reaches the supreme court in a case that lawyers believe has the potential to transform the gig economy in Britain.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2020

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Uber drivers to launch legal bid to uncover app’s algorithm – The Guardian

‘Minicab drivers will launch a legal bid to uncover secret computer algorithms used by Uber to manage their work in a test case that could increase transparency for millions of gig economy workers across Europe.’

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The Guardian, 20th July 2020

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Now That We Care About Carers: Temporal Casualisation in Mencap and Uber – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted April 28th, 2020 in carers, coronavirus, minimum wage, news, Supreme Court, taxis by sally

‘A few weeks before the lockdown, one of the most important UK labour law cases of the last decade was heard by the Supreme Court. Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson Blake has not attracted the attention paid to the Uber litigation, also to reach the Supreme Court later this year. Yet Mencap will have significant ramifications for a segment of the British workforce at the front line of the coronavirus response, namely care workers.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 27th April 2020

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Credit hire – financial losses of self-employed drivers – KCH Garden Sq

Posted February 11th, 2020 in accidents, damages, news, road traffic, self-employment, taxis by sally

‘Claims concerning credit hire charges appear before the courts on a daily basis. It is vital for litigators in this field to be familiar with the decision of the High Court of Justice in late 2019, in Humayum Hussain v EUI Limited [2019] EWHC 2647 (QB); [2019] 10 WLUK 152, (‘Hussain’). The principles detailed in the judgment are applicable to self-employed drivers, including but not limited to, chauffeurs, delivery drivers and hauliers.’

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KCH Garden Sq, 7th February 2020

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“Arising out the use of a vehicle?” Common sense definition prevails – Park Square Barristers

Posted February 6th, 2020 in insurance, news, personal injuries, taxis, theft by sally

‘In Neil Carroll v Michael Taylor, Michael Doyle, Emms Taxis Limited & QBE Insurance (Europe) Limited [2020] EWHC 153 QB the facts were relatively straightforward; Mr Carroll hailed a black cab driven by the First Defendant and owned by the Second Defendant after a night out drinking. Rather than taking him home, the First Defendant firstly stole his debit card (in fact swopping it for the debit card he had stolen from a previous fare) and then secondly when the First Defendant asked him to stop so he could get cash out, watched as the First Defendant (presumably repeatedly) put in his pin number, not realising that his attempt to obtain cash was doomed to failure as he was using somebody else’s card. Having thus obtained his pin number, the First Defendant then drove away leaving Mr Carroll stranded (and indeed within a short period of time removed £220 from Mr Carroll’s account with the ill-gotten card and pin number).’

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Park Square Barristers, 31st January 2020

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Uber driver banned after passengers hold ladder out of window – BBC News

‘An Uber driver caught on camera carrying passengers holding a ladder out of the window of his car has had his licence suspended.’

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BBC News, 16th January 2020

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Black cab rapist John Worboys given two life sentences – BBC News

Posted December 18th, 2019 in news, parole, probation, rape, sentencing, sexual offences, taxis, victims, women by sally

‘Black cab rapist John Worboys has been handed two life sentences with a minimum term of six years for attacking four more women.’

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BBC News, 17th December 2019

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Court of Appeal dismisses appeal by council over bid to include cost of supervising driver conduct in fees for taxi and PHV vehicle licences – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 11th, 2019 in appeals, fees, judicial review, licensing, local government, news, professional conduct, taxis by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has dismissed a council’s appeal over whether it acted unlawfully when it resolved to fix the fees for vehicle licences for taxis and private hire vehicles at an amount which included recovery of all or part of the cost of supervising the conduct of drivers licensed to drive such vehicles.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th December 2019

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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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk