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London Regulator Says Uber Is Operating Legally 105

Posted by samzenpus
from the getting-the-green-light dept.
An anonymous reader writes London's transportation regulator has ruled private-driver provider Uber is operating within the law. Licensed taxi drivers in London last month staged a protest urging Transport for London to find that Uber's mobile app acts as a taximeter, which is illegal for use by private-hire vehicles. "TfL said in a statement: 'In relation to the way Uber operates in London, TfL is satisfied that based upon our understanding of the relationship between the passenger and Uber London, and between Uber London and Uber UV, registered in Holland, that it is operating under the terms of the 1998 PHV(L) Act.' The decision was welcomed by Uber's general manger in the UK and Ireland Jo Bertram as a 'victory for common sense, technology, innovation — and above all, London.'"
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London Regulator Says Uber Is Operating Legally

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 04, 2014 @03:23AM (#47381983)

    Uh, I don't think the United Kingdom has any Republicans, or at least none with any particular political power...

    The United Kingdom itself doesn't have any political power.

  • by hawkinspeter (831501) on Friday July 04, 2014 @04:05AM (#47382081)
    Republicans? Are they people who used to run pubs, gave it up, and then got back into running pubs again?

    I don't think they hate people who make a living - they're just trying to serve up some booze.
  • by Roxoff (539071) on Friday July 04, 2014 @05:13AM (#47382259) Homepage

    And I thought, "wouldn't it be great if it was like this every day?" .... and now it sounds like it might be, because they'll not take this ruling quietly! But I much prefer taxis parked in long lines than zipping around trying to hit everyone, so for now, it's all good.

    People would still need to get -across- the city. I was thinking about this the other day - if the roads are going to be jammed up, then perhaps there'd be a way to use rail to get people about, maybe run the trains -underneath- the city somehow. There must be old tunnels or caves or whatever they could run the tracks through?

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