Uber loses court case to block English-language test in London

Uber Uber loses court case to block English-language test in London

Ride-hailing app was attempting to halt Transport for London demand that drivers pass language test to obtain licence

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Uber said it supports verbal tests but warned an added written exam meant that 33,000 drivers would lose their livelihood over three years. Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA


Friday 3 March 2017 06.24 EST Last modified on Friday 3 March 2017 06.29 EST

Ride-haling app Uber has lost a court battle to stop plans for strict new rules on the need for its drivers and those of other private hire services to prove their reading and writing skills in English to operate in London.

San Francisco-based Uber, which allows users to book journeys at the touch of a button on their smartphone, has faced bans and protests around the world as regulators play catch-up with technology disrupting traditional operators.

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Uber launched legal action in August after public body Transport for London (TfL) said that drivers should have to prove their ability to communicate in English, including to a standard of reading and writing which Uber said was too high.

“TfL are entitled to require private hire drivers to demonstrate English-language compliance,” said Judge John Mitting as he rejected Uber’s claim.

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