Uber app ‘not a taximeter’


Uber hailed the decision as “news for Londoners and a victory for common sense.”

Mr Justice Ouseley circulated that: “A taximeter, for the purposes of Section 11 of the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998, it’s not a device which receives GPS signals in the course of a journey, and sends GPS data to a server located outside of the vehicle, which counts a fare that is partially or wholly resolved by reference to distance travelled and time taken, and sends the real information back to the device.” Mr Justice Ouseley announced that whilst the smartphone with the driver’s application may be essential to enabling the calculation of fares to take place that did not make it a device “for” measuring fares in breach of the taximeter prohibition. He also found that it was drivers, not their vehicles, who are “equipped” with phones.

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