British high court rules Uber lawful

Blow to black cabs

(ANSA) - Rome, October 16 - Britain's High Court ruled Friday that the Uber app to hail minicabs is lawful - a blow to London's famous black cab drivers, who argued that it violated city regulations.
    The court's decision came after London's transport authority sought clarification as to whether the San Francisco-based company's app worked in the same way as meters used by the strictly regulated black cabs.
    The Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association argued the app - which records a car's location and travel time and feeds it back to servers in California - worked like a meter. But Justice Duncan Ouseley disagreed, ruling that the app relies on GPS signals and did not operate in the same way.
    The association said it would appeal.


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