Mobile taxi firm Uber to launch in Cardiff after gaining licence

Credit: Press Association

Global taxi firm Uber that allows users to connect with drivers via mobile GPS has taken a step closer to launching in Cardiff after being granted an operating licence.

Uber operates in around 15 cities in the UK and has become hugely popular for being easy to book via an app and is traditionally cheaper than a conventional taxi.

The company says it has obtained a licence but does not yet have an official launch date as it still needs to recruit a team of drivers.

In July last year, union GMB said it launched legal action for its members who drive for Uber contesting the Uber assertion that drivers are “partners” 'so are not entitled to rights normally afforded to workers' including paying the minimum wage.

The American firm, co-founded by Travis Kalanick, is valued at around $50bn.

A campaign page on Facebook called "Bring Uber to Cardiff" has support from more than 700 people.