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Cabbies launch prosecution against six 'Uber' drivers

London cabbies have launched a private prosecution against six drivers working for controversial "taxi app" firm Uber. The cabbies' union, the LTDA, accuses the minicab drivers for breaking the law by using a private hire vehicle equipped with a meter.

Protest in June in central London against the Uber app Credit: PA

Transport for London has accused the LTDA of sabotaging another legal action due to be heard in the High Court. The cabbies claim private hire firms using mobile phone apps to calculate fares are defying the law on so-called taximeters.

Protest in June in central London against the Uber app Credit: PA

TfL disagrees but has asked the High Court to give a "definitive and binding declaration".

We have no confidence in TfL's legal team at all, therefore we've issued private prosecutions in the magistrate's court.

The meter issue is a criminal matter. Let the criminal courts decide. TfL's legal advice is wrong and they are an impotent regulator.

– Steve McNamara, LTDA

But Leon Daniels, a senior executive at TfL, said the LTDA's action meant the High Court would refuse to consider the case until the criminal proceedings ended.

I regret therefore that the essential and binding clarity about how the law should be applied in these circumstances will not be delivered for some considerable time.