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London’s black cab drivers sue Uber for millions

  • 10,500 black cab drivers sue Uber for £250 million
  • Each driver may claim up to £25,000 compensation
  • Lawsuit accuses Uber of unlawfully obtaining London license

Approximately 10,500 drivers may be entitled to £25,000 in compensation each under the most recent lawsuit, which alleges Uber obtained a license unlawfully from Transport for London in 2012. 

London’s black taxi drivers have filed a multimillion-pound lawsuit against Uber, reigniting a long-standing dispute regarding the operation of the ride-hailing application in the capital of the United Kingdom. 

The legal proceeding, scheduled to be presented in the High Court on Thursday, asserts that Uber unlawfully obtained a license from Transport for London in 2012, thereby unlawfully depriving other drivers of business

Each of the 10,500 black cab drivers may be liable for compensation of up to £25,000, according to RGL Management, the litigation claims management firm that is representing them. The estimated minimum value of the claim is £250 million. 

According to a statement published on RGL’s website, all London black cab drivers who worked full-time or part-time between June 2012 and mid-March 2018, including those who have since departed, are eligible to participate in the activity. 

“Uber appears to believe it is above the law, and as a result, cabbies throughout London have lost revenue,” said Garry White, an experienced black taxi driver with three decades of experience, in a statement. “It is time they were held to account.” 

The lawsuit resurrects an initial claim filed by the drivers against Uber in 2018, which claimed the company provided false information to TfL regarding the functionality of its operating system. The lawsuit was put on hold in the interim due to the pandemic. 

The director of RGL Management, Michael Green, stated, “Thousands of cab drivers who are qualified to join have yet to do so.” “A deadline is rapidly approaching.” 

“These outdated claims are wholly unfounded,” stated a spokesperson for Uber. “Uber operates lawfully in London, is fully licensed by TfL, and is proud to serve millions of passengers and drivers across the capital.” 

Uber’s operations in London have been the subject of a succession of disputes, culminating in Transport for London’s (TfL) 2017 refusal to renew the company’s licence on the grounds that it lacked sufficient responsibility for public safety. 

An appeal was effectively filed by the ride-hailing application subsequent to its renewal application being denied for a second time two years later. The license under its present condition will lapse towards the conclusion of September.

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In 2021, the Supreme Court upheld a landmark employment tribunal decision that classified drivers as employees entitled to minimum wage and paid holidays. As a result, drivers also received compensation. 

A global inquiry was initiated against the organization and published by The Guardian in 2022. The investigation was prompted by the release of over one hundred thousand files, which exposed the organization’s endeavors to influence political opinion and restrict database access in the event of police intrusions. 

Representatives of Uber issued a statement at the time stating that the company would not apologize for its previous conduct. 

Dara Khosrowshahi, the chief executive officer of the organization, was appointed in 2017 with the objective of reorienting the business from its co-founder Travis Kalanick’s direction. 

Amid the pandemic, the organization managed to endure and achieved its initial annual profit in 2023

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