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European Court of Justice Overrules Uber
Yesterday, the European Court of Justice – the highest court of the European Union – enacted landmark legislation ruling that Uber can no longer be seen as offering a digital service and must be regarded as a taxi company instead.
Historically, Uber’s classification as a digital service rather than a car hire company has enabled them to take a flexible approach to obeying local taxi laws, which has often given them an unfair commercial advantage over competitors.
However, the European C...Read full story
Uber Loses York License
York has become the third UK city to ban Uber, following a decision by councillors to reject the firm’s application for a new license.
The news follows similar decisions made by authorities in London and Sheffield, both of which declined to renew Uber’s license earlier this year.
York Council’s Gambling, Licensing and Regulatory committee stated that the news of Uber’s recent data breach partially informed the decision to not renew the firm’s license. Decision makers also stated th...Read full story
Leeds Drivers Stage Go Slow Protest
Private hire drivers in Leeds staged a three hour protest on Monday morning, bringing rush hour traffic to a crawl.
Leeds Private Hire Drivers Organisation (LPHDO) organised the protest - which took place between 7AM – 10AM on the city’s inner ring road - as a last resort encourage Leeds Council and West Yorkshire Police to listen to issues raised by cabbies working within the region.
These include fears that mandatory stickers are causing vehicles to be the target of vandalism, with dri...Read full story
Leeds Council Reveals Clean Air Zone Plans
Leeds City Council has revealed plans that could see high emission taxis, private hire vehicles, lorries and buses charged up to £100 a day to drive within the city centre.
The news comes as a follow up to the government’s October 2016 plans for “clean air zones” in Leeds, Birmingham, Nottingham Derby and Southampton, five of the UK’s most polluted cities.
The proposals would see vehicles that fail engine standards receive charges when driving within Leeds’ Outer Ring Road. Howeve...Read full story