The London Cab Drivers Club have seeked the views of both Transport for London and City Hall following the recent controversy surrounding Uber’s licensing renewal appeal in the capital. In two similar letters sent to TfL’s Commissioner Mike Brown and London Mayor Sadiq Khan the taxi organisation asks “what action TfL plans to take and whether you will support the LCDC’s call for retrials in previous Uber-related cases.” Grant Davis, Chairman of the LCDC, goes on to say “We will be highlighting our call for retrials in our upcoming edition of the Badge... We hope and believe that TfL will share the trade’s deep concern over this matter.” These latest letters follow correspondence by both LCDC and LTDA to the Lord Cheif Justice earlier this week. Both organisations highlighted their concerns regarding chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot’s perceived conflict of interest surrounding ride-hailing firm Uber.
The full letter reads:
Dear Mayor, I am writing to you in the light of the recent revelations made in the Observer newspaper, regarding chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot and her husband’s business interests, and her subsequent decision to step down from any future Uber-related cases in order to avoid any perceived conflict of interest. I enclose a copy of the LCDC’s letter to the Lord Chief Justice, highlighting our opinion that previous decisions made by Judge Arbuthnot should fall within this same category of perceived conflict of interest, and our appeal that these previous arbitrations should now be reconsidered. Indeed, the judiciary itself has said that it will: “have to consider whether the new information could be seen to change the perception of absolute impartiality.” We will be highlighting our call for retrials in our upcoming edition of the Badge, and would like to inform our readers as to the position of TfL over Judge Arbuthnot’s decision – and specifically where TfL stands on previous Uber arbitrations made by the chief magistrate. We hope and believe that TfL will share the trade’s deep concern over this matter. I would be grateful if you could reply urgently, to clarify what action TfL plans to take and whether you will support the LCDC’s call for retrials in previous Uber-related cases. I have sent a hard copy of this by post, but wanted to register our inquiry with you as speedily as possible, to ensure that your response is included for our readers in the next Badge. I look forward to your reply. Yours faithfully, Grant Davis Chairman