Updated: Sep 6, 2021
Nearly 11,000 London taxi drivers have now registered for a group legal action against ride-hailing firm Uber that could net them in the region of £25,000 per taxi driver if successful.
Supported by litigation specialist RGL Management and Mishcon de Reya, the group of black cab drivers involved in the litigation is growing rapidly, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The basis of the claim is that Uber operated unlawfully by breaching the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998 from June 2012 until March 2018. The group allege that Uber permitted drivers to accept bookings directly when they were not licensed to do so.
Any licensed green or yellow badge cab driver operating in the London area between June 2012 and March 2018 is eligible to join the group. RGL calculates up to 30,000 drivers are eligible and that for a full-time driver operating throughout this period, a claim against Uber could be worth in the region of £25,000 or more.
In an update on social media a BULit21 spokesperson said: “Join almost 11,000 cabbies who have registered with BULit21, RGL’s group litigation against the unlawful bookings operation of Uber UK on behalf of hard-working London black cab drivers.”