London’s black cabs are crowdfunding an appeal against Transport for London's operational license, granted to Uber in 2012.
The action for ‘Action For Cabbies - Black Cabbies v TfL’ crowdfunder alleges that TFL was wrong to award the license to Uber because of the dangers it causes to “public safety due to insurance irregularities, lack of rigorous background checks and limited disabled access”.
It adds: “Unless action is taken to stop Uber, the Black Taxi industry will be decimated… black Taxis and their fares are regulated – if Uber becomes the dominant force, the travelling public may be exposed to dramatic fare increases and compromised regulation surrounding safety.”
As a result, the body, looking to represent the body, will chase a judicial review of Uber’s license, represented by lawyers Rosenblatt Solicitors.
Last year the UK high court ruled that Uber’s in-app fare calculator was not a taximeter – meaning it didn’t breach UK law.
Afterwards, London mayor Boris Johnson admitted that “Technology makes it so easy for [the law] to be broken”.
At the time of publishing the drive has accumulated £45,438 of the £600,000 target from 904 backers.