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Judgement reserved in Uber case

A High Court judge has reserved judgment on whether the controversial minicab-hailing app Uber is unlawful.

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Transport for London asked the judge to rule specifically on whether the smartphone app is in reality operating as a meter like those found in taxis to calculate fares.

The app uses GPS technology and connects to external servers to carry out calculations of how much a customer owes based on the time a journey takes and the distance covered.

Section 11 (1) of the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998, bars all private hire cars from being "equipped" with taximeters. Both TfL and Uber argued that the app is not a meter and therefore does not breach section 11.

But the Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association which represents many of the 25,000 licensed taxi drivers in London, asked the judge to rule that they are unlawful devices for calculating fares.

Mr Justice Ouseley reserved his judgment at the end of a High Court hearing which was expected to last two days but finished in one.

He said he was also hoping it would not take him long to hand down his decision.

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