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Taxi industry will seek to obtain Supreme Court permission to challenge TfL’s ‘Streetspace’ appeal

Updated: Aug 4, 2021

Taxi industry groups will seek to obtain permission from the Supreme Court to challenge the ‘Streetspace’ appeal ruling, confirms trade sources.

In June Transport for London (TfL) was granted its appeal against a High Court judgment led by the capital’s taxi industry over street access.

The result of the appeal related to a High Court judgment on 21 January which challenged the Mayor and TfL’s Plan, associated Guidance issued to London Boroughs and the Order concerning a specific Streetspace scheme, the A10 Bishopsgate Corridor in the City of London, removing taxi access to a key arterial route.

The appeal result was seen as a bitter blow to taxi trade bodies United Trade Action Group (UTAG) and the Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association (LTDA) who brought the claim against TfL and also to the taxi industry as a whole.

Last week the 34-page judgment was published. The three appeal justices described Mrs Justice Lang’s original ruling as “seriously flawed” and that the Bishopsgate scheme was “misconceived”.

The trade bodies behind the legal action are now planning to take the case to the Supreme Court.

A UTAG spokesperson said via social media: “We and the LTDA have spoken with our legal team to discuss the written judgement and the next step.

“We can now confirm that we will be seeking permission to take our case to the Supreme Court.

“All UTAG members will receive an update email by tomorrow”


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