Today the Department for Transport (DfT) issued a letter entitled ‘Taxi & PHV Licensing – Use of The National Register of Taxi & Private Hire Licence Revocations & Refusals (NR3)’ to licensing authorities. It concerns the national ‘Statutory Taxi & Private Hire Vehicle Standards’ published in July 2020 and its setting out of “…a range…

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Today the Westminster Magistrates Court handed-down its judgement in the case of Uber London Limited v Transport for London & Others [2020] EW Misc 20 (MagC) (28 September 2020).  It centres on an appeal by Uber against TfLs refusal to grant a private hire operator licence renewal on 25th November 2019.  The regulator had found…

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Today the High Court handed-down its judgement in the test case of The Financial Conduct Authority v Arch Insurance (UK) Limited & Others [2020] EWHC 2448 (Comm) on business interruption insurance and COVID-19 claim refusals by insurers.  Whilst somewhat complex, and lengthy, the decision appears to have found in favour of the FCA and the entitlement…

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Today the Department for Transport (DfT) issued a letter entitled ‘Taxi & PHV Licensing – Supporting The Sector & School Return’ to licensing authorities.  It details concerns about the “…shortage of supply…” within the sector caused by “…licensing authorities put[ting] new applications on hold in order to focus on dealing with renewal applications…”.  The DfT,…

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Today the Court of Appeal handed-down its judgement in the case of R (Independent Workers Union of Great Britain) v Mayor of London & Others [2020] EWCA Civ 1046 challenging the removal of a private hire vehicle exemption from congestion charging in London. The appellants contested that the “…removal of the congestion charge exemption unlawfully indirectly…

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Today the HMRC announced proposals to introduce ‘New Tax Checks on Licence Renewal Applications’.  It states: “Licensing bodies will be required to signpost first-time applicants to HMRC guidance about their potential tax obligations and obtain confirmation that the applicant is aware of the guidance before considering the application. Where the application is not a first-time…

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Today the Department for Transport (DfT) published its ‘Statutory Taxi & Private Hire Vehicle Standards’ (pursuant to s.177 Policing & Crime Act 2017).  It offers licensing authorities: “…statutory guidance on exercising taxi and private hire vehicle licensing functions to protect children and vulnerable individuals who are over 18 from harm when using these services…”  (at para.…

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Today an Employment Tribunal in Manchester issued its judgement on a claim for holiday, sickness and redundancy payments. The case of Gorman v Terence Paul (Manchester) Ltd 2410722/2019 (16 July 2020) centred on whether the claimant, a hairdresser, should be classified as an “employee” rather than, as contested by the respondent, self-employed.  Employment Judge Batten…

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Today the Department for Transport announced the commence of its ‘Future of Transport Regulatory Review‘ consultation. The initial call for evidence asks “…how effective existing rules are around flexible bus services, and which other areas of the bus, taxi and private hire vehicle framework should be considered in this review…“.  A submission deadline has been…

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Today Westminster Magistrates Court ruled on an interested parties application in Uber London Limited v Transport for London [2019].  The joint application was brought by the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (“LTDA”) and United Trade Action Group Limited (“UTAG”).  In giving judgement, the Chief Magistrate permitted the LTDA, and not UTAG, to join the case. The…

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Today the Court of Appeal handed down its judgement in R (Rehman) v Wakefield City Council [2019] EWCA Civ 2166. It decided the costs of compliance, not just application, are directly recoverable from private hire driver licence fees (under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976).  This re-affirms the financial independence of the driver, vehicle…

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Today the High Court handed-down its judgement in the case of Good Law Project Ltd v HM Revenue & Customs & Others [2019] EWHC 3125 (Admin) on a preliminary question whether HMRC can disclose details of its assessment of Uber London Ltd’s VAT liabilities.  Despite an application for a penal notice, which would prevent onward…

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