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Uber take on TFL over English tests for drivers

Uber take on TFL over English tests for drivers

As the saying goes another day, another Uber controversy, with taxi-booking app this week appearing in court. Fighting their corner in one of the many legal battles Uber are this week in court with TfL, clearing up a dispute over requirements for new drivers. According to sources Taxi-hailing app Uber has launched this legal bid, wanting to stop Transport for London (TfL) making Uber drivers take a written English test. With a large proportion of London cab drivers being from different ethnic backgrounds we can certainly see the headache such task would bring the tech firm. Allegedly being involved in a long, tedious battle Uber are accusing TfL for moving the goalposts', a change that Transport for London feels is the right move to maintain safety on the road. “This legal action is very much a last resort,” said Tom Elvidge, Uber’s general manager for London. “We’re particularly disappointed that, after a lengthy consultation process with Transport for London, the goalposts have moved at the last minute and new rules are now being introduced that will be bad for both drivers and tech companies like Uber.” When the English rule was first rolled out Transport for London requested proficiency only in spoken English, not written, hence the changing goalposts accusations. However, updated procedures require new taxi drivers in the city to take a two-hour written exam; charging £200 for the pleasure. It is also worth noting that drivers from English-speaking countries such as New Zealand and Jamaica do not have to take the test, seeing Uber challenge the organisation under the Equality Act. A TfL spokesman said: “These [measures] have been introduced to enhance public safety when using private hire services and we are determined to create a vibrant taxi and private hire market with space for all providers to flourish.” Let us know what you think, should all taxi drivers in London be able to speak and write in fluent English? Leave your comments below.

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