Brighton and Hove cabbies cheered by Uber ruling

From Brighton & Hove News

The Uber app court ruling on Friday 16 October is a victory in London but could mean defeat in Brighton on Monday 19 October.

Some Brighton and Hove cabbies were cheered by the news which could lift the threat of what is regarded by many as unfair competition.

The High Court ruled that the Uber app was not a taxi meter. Only black cabs can use meters in London. Private hire operators are not allowed to use them.

But in Brighton and Hove the rules are that private hire operators must use a meter.

On Monday a Brighton and Hove City Council licensing panel will hear Uber’s application for a private hire operator’s licence.

There have been suggestions among some taxi and private hire drivers that the council lacks the stomach for a fight with Uber.

But the council has pointed out that the only ground for declining a licence is if the applicant is not a fit and proper person.

And despite various criticisms of the way that Uber does business, it could not reasonably be called out on this criterion.

However, the High Court ruling today undermines a key element of Uber’s application in Brighton and Hove.

The American online firm already operates in Birmingham and Manchester.