Uber awaits high court verdict over smartphone app in battle with TfL

Uber awaits high court verdict over smartphone app in battle with TfL

Transport for London is looking to clarify whether using smartphones to calculate fares amounts to a taximeter, which is banned in private hire vehicles

The ride-hailing app Uber is at the centre of a crucial high court case as London’s transport authority seeks clarity on whether smartphones can lawfully be used to calculate fares.

After a day hearing evidence from all sides, the judge is widely expected to give his decision on Tuesday. If he rules against Uber, the verdict will be viewed as a victory for black-cab drivers and other minicab groups who feel the disruptive tech-focused competitor has not been regulated firmly enough during its three years of rapid growth in London.

Related: Boris Johnson accuses Uber of ‘systematically breaking the law’

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Source: Guardian Transport

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