London’s cab drivers are coming together as Cabbie Group Action to bring a potential group legal action against Uber for damages and loss of earnings due to the alleged unlawful operation of Uber under the relevant statutory framework.
Supported by leading law firm Mishcon de Reya, the claim is backed by a wide variety of organisations involved in the licensed cab trade, including: Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association (LTDA), Unite the Union, United Cabbies Group (UCG), London Cab Drivers Club (LCDC), Taxipoint, KPM Automotive, Easyrentacab Ltd, Colts Cabs Ltd, Cricklewood Carriers Cab Company Limited, Martin Cordell and Co, Sherbet Cars and Ubiquitous. With a third party funder in place, cabbies can join the claim knowing that their legal costs will be covered.
Commenting on the claim, the LTDA’s General Secretary, Steve McNamara said,
“We recognise that there needs to be a level playing field between minicabs and licensed cabs on London streets but we believe Uber has operated unlawfully, resulting in a loss of earnings for many qualified licensed cab drivers. It is vital that they are recompensed for their losses. Perhaps only then will licensed cabs and Uber be operating on an even footing, which we all would welcome.”
Unite the Union’s Mike Hedges said,
“Unite is pleased to support Cabbie Group Action against Uber. Cabbie Group Action is important in winning back the losses that taxi drivers have suffered.”