London’s transport authority has announced it does not believe Uber’s car service is breaking the law by using an app to determine charges.
The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) has claimed the app equates to being a taximeter, which private vehicles are not allowed to use.
It plans a demonstration on 11 June.
The controversy centres on an app provided to Uber’s drivers – which is separate from the one used by the public – that calculates the journey distance and time taken, and then relays this information to remote computer servers to determine the fee.
TfL’s decision is based on the fact that Uber’s kit does not require a physical connection between the device and the vehicle, as is the case with the equipment used by black cabs.
However, it added that “the rapid pace at which smartphone-based technology has been developing in recent years” meant the matter should be referred to a judge.
“We will be asking the High Court to provide a binding ruling,” added Leon Daniels, TfL’s managing director of surface transport.