Uber gets thumbs up from UK High Court

London taxi cabA UK High Court judge has ruled that the Uber app that is used to estimate charges and distances is not a taxi meter.

The Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association (LTDA) had taken the case to court and claimed that the company’s smartphones aren’t taxi meters. Private hire vehicles aren’t allowed to use meters.

But Mr Justice Ouseley said that taxi meters don’t work in the same fashion as black taxi meters, because those don’t use GPS technology or the software in smartphones.

The LTDA will appeal the verdict in the Supreme Court, and argues that smartphones work exactly like taxi meters.

The mayor of London, who regulates black cabs in the capital, is attempting to bring new regulations in to stymie the use of Uber. Transport for London (TFL) is in the process of consultation on how to regulate the industry.