Uber’s Smartphone app is not a Taxi-meter, HighCourt ruled out
The High Court of London has recently ruled out that Uber’s app is not breaking the Law, as it’s not a fare meter. The court ruled the smart-phones used by Uber drivers can calculate fares; it’s not their cars but the drivers who are technically managing the fares by using the smart-phones.
Uber’s mobile app allows consumers to submit a trip request using their smart-phones, routed to Uber drivers who then use their own cars. Uber has argued its GPS based app is not the same taxi-meter that other cabs are using to measure the distance and the cost. Only licensed mini-cabs and black-cabs are permitted to use those meters in London to calculate the fare. A taximeter and the smart-phone app are relevantly different; the court of Lord Justice Ouseley ruled that Uber’s mobile app is not a taximeter. “A taxi-meter, for the purposes of section 11 of the Private Hire Vehicles Act 1998 does not include a device that receives GPS signals in the course of a journey, and forwards GPS data to a server located outside of the vehicle, which server calculates a fare that is partially or wholly determined by reference to distance traveled and time taken and sends the fare information back to the device,”
In response to the ruling, Jo Bertram (Uber’s UK General Manager) said “This is great news for Londoners and a victory for common sense”.
Daniels said, “We know that some ideas put forward for consultation are controversial, which is why we want as many people as possible to tell us what they think to help shape the future of private hire in London.”