Uber win Brighton licensing appeal much to councils disappointment

Controversial ride-hailing app Uber has won it’s licensing appeal against Brighton & Hove City Council.

A spokesperson from the council said that they was disappointed to have lost the ruling held at Brighton Magistrates' Court. The court felt the minicab firm did meet the national legislation requirements despite Brighton Council’s concerns that standards had dropped following the 2016 global data breach cover up. Uber will continue working the south coast, as they have over the appeal process, and currently hold a licence for the next five years. Steve McNamara, General Secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association (LTDA), said “We’re disappointed that Brighton Magistrates Court caved in and let a greedy and immoral firm win. “Uber failed to meet the Council’s public safety standards by refusing to use only Brighton and Hove licensed drivers in the city and by losing passengers’ data. Despite claiming that it is a fit and proper operator, Uber has not changed. Neither we nor the Council are fooled. “Today, the justice system has failed both passengers and taxi drivers. "This controversial and wrong decision is likely to be appealed.” 

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