From the London Evening Standard…
Cab firms tell Uber to accept rules ‘that level playing field’
Dozens of London-based minicab firms have called on Uber to abandon its legal challenge to new rules that require some drivers to sit a written English test.
In a letter to the Evening Standard, the 55 cab firms said they supported Transport for London’s regulations because “they will help create a level playing field for all”. The companies include black-cab firm Comcab and minicab fleets such as Skyex and Goldline.
Uber is ‘wasting taxpayers’ money’, rival company claims
The boss of a black-cab hailing app accused Uber of “wasting taxpayers’ money” by launching a legal challenge to tough new private hire rules.
Uber is demanding that Transport for London waters down new regulations which include requiring drivers to pass a basic English test.
The company, which allows passengers to hail private hire vehicles online and through smartphones, claims the tests are unnecessary and costly.
Remo Gerber, managing director of app Gett, said: “TfL are being forced to go to court and will have legal fees — Uber are wasting public money by bringing this action.
Minicab firms Addison Lee and Uber at war over Mayor’s private hire rules
The biggest minicab firm in Europe has written to Sadiq Khan attacking Uber’s bid to water down tough new private hire rules.
Addison Lee, which has 5,000 licensed drivers, told the Mayor it was “indefensible” that Uber has launched legal action against Transport for London’s new rules.
The regulations include written English tests for drivers and vehicles being insured even when they are not being used as minicabs.