Monday, December 11, 2017
Next Stage In The Uber Relicensing Scandal....We Have To Wait Till Next April, But It Could Be Pushed Back Till June
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Should Use Of Mobile Units -Including SatNavs, Cabbies Mates, Taxi and Private Hire Phone Apps- Be Banned Whilst Driving .... by Gerald Coba.
Saturday, December 09, 2017
Well, we finally got here. It was feared within certain sectors of the trade, from the way the Mayor was talking, that Uber's licence would be granted before this issue made it to court.
Uber head to court on Monday, to fight Transport for London's refusal to relicense their London operation siting safety issues which they make the company unfit to be a private hire operator.
This kicks off the first of two crucial legal battles over the next fortnight.
The Instant eHailing app is appealing Transport for London's decision not to relicense when their current licence ran out in September. A move that was ineffective in banning Uber from the capital. The company is still being allowed to continue to operate while on appeal.
This first appeal comes ahead of a critical decision at Europe’s highest court on Wednesday week, that will determine its regulatory future in Europe. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) will decide whether Uber should qualify as a technology or transport company, a decision that may see it bound to strict local taxi regulations.
The company is facing a series of legal battles and government investigations around the world, and is fighting to restore its reputation after a disastrous year that has seen its founder Travis Kalanick forced to step down as chief executive.
Its valuation is also under pressure as the Japanese giant SoftBank seeks to buy shares from insiders at a much lower price than its $70bn (£52bn) valuation suggests.
Last week it faced a new UK blow when its licence in Sheffield was revoked for allegedly failing to answer questions about its management.
Uber put the ban down to an administrative error, saying the council had sent letters to the wrong address. Uber believe they are a law unto themselves saying it's easier to seek forgiveness than permission.