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Uber loses court battle over English language tests for drivers

Friday, March 3, 2017 5:42
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Taxi app Uber today lost a high court case to stop a London regulator from forcing drivers to take English language tests.

The San Francisco-based company launched legal action in August after the Transport for London said Uber drivers should have to prove their ability to communicate in English.

Uber argued that the standard TFL had set for the reading and writing tests was too high.

Judge John Mitting rejected the claim today, saying: “Tfl are entitled to require private hire drivers to demonstrate English language compliance.”

Uber said it will appeal the decision, which marks the latest setback for the business in London after a court ruled in October it must pay its drivers the minimum wage and annual leave.

The latest ruling means Uber faces losing some of its workers and more than 33,000 London drivers could lose their licences.

However, the company won a separate case that would have forced it to operate a 24/7 call centre to deal with complaints from passengers. 

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