Uber loses court battle over English tests for drivers

  • Uber loses court battle over English tests for drivers

Uber loses court battle over English tests for drivers

Taxi app Uber lost a court battle on Friday to stop a London regulator from imposing strict new English reading and writing standards on private hire drivers, the latest setback for the firm which could mean the loss of thousands of workers.

This time Uber was fighting against proposals from public body Transport for London (TfL) which wants to enforce a standard for English reading and writing skills for drivers that the company believes is too high. TfL are the regulators for all PHV licensing across London. He also argued that it would have an unfair impact on drivers from countries where English was rarely spoken, which Mare likened to "indirect discrimination on grounds of race and nationality".

Proponents of the new requirement said it will improve standards of service and passenger safety in London.

"This could include discussing a better route, talking about a medical condition, or ensuring every driver is fully up to date with new regulations".

The case saw Uber trying to get out of a Transport for London requirement for an English test for all drivers in return for being allowed a licence.

"This is a deeply disappointing outcome for tens of thousands of drivers who will lose their livelihoods because they can not pass an essay writing test", the company said in a statement, according to Bloomberg.

And the obvious fear here for Uber is that its London business will lose a lot of drivers as a result.

Uber London Ltd launched a legal challenge alongside three individually licensed drivers.

But the court did rule that the company should set up a 24-hour hotline dedicated to emergency calls.

"TfL is entitled to require private hire drivers to demonstrate English language compliance", said Judge John Mitting as he rejected Uber's claim.