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Nov 01

Uber loses right to classify UK drivers as self-employed

Landmark employment tribunal ruling states firm must also pay drivers national living wage and holiday pay with huge implications for gig economy Uber drivers are not self-employed and should be paid the “national living wage”, a UK employment court has ruled in a landmark case which could affect tens of thousands of workers in the …

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Oct 28

Landmark ruling looms on basic workers’ rights for Uber drivers

A tribunal is going to decide whether Uber drivers are entitled to receive the minimum wage as well as sickness and holiday pay. An employment tribunal in London will today make a landmark ruling that could set a precedent for the UK’s so-called gig economy. Two Uber drivers have brought a case against the car …

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Oct 28

Taxi drivers won’t be forced to take BTEC after all because courses ‘cost too much’

THE high cost of courses to improve the level of service from taxi drivers in Christchurch has led to councillors rejecting the idea. At a meeting of the licensing committee on Monday, members discussed plans to ask drivers to complete BTEC and NVQ qualifications in a bid to raise the quality of service for passengers. …

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Oct 27

Coroner orders changes to taxi licensing after ‘unfit’ taxi driver killed motorcyclist in crash

A coroner has today ruled that the death of a motorcyclist killed in a head-on crash with a taxi was an ‘unlawful killing’. Mark Buckley from Mansfield died after the crash in March 2014, having suffered “unsurvivable” injuries. Nottinghamshire Coroner’s Court was told the taxi driver, Kevin Wiesztort, was unfit to be on the road …

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Oct 24

The Valley has more taxis per head than London

Rossendale is the taxi capital of the UK with more cabs per head than London, government figures have revealed. Valley taxis have become notorious for operating outside the borough but the shock figures show that there are more Rossendale licenced taxis and minicabs by population than anywhere else in England or Wales. The taxi and …

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Oct 22

Taxi wars hot up in York as cabbies and Uber clash

Hackney drivers demand level playing field York council blames Government changes and less rigorous councils Uber says its drivers are acting perfectly legally TAXI operators have raised further concerns about drivers from outside the city operating in York. They claim operators are travelling from Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield and elsewhere to pick up fares, mainly on …

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Oct 06

Government department raises concern over Sheffield Council’s new policy on private hire

A Government department has raised concern at Sheffield Council’s changes to its taxi licensing policy. The Competitions and Markets Authority raised a number of issues as plans were laid out on new policy for private hire taxi firms in the city. The CMA said they were concerned about new rule restricting drivers to work for …

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Oct 05

Tories launch crackdown on illegal taxi drivers to cut immigration

Home Secretary Amber Rudd tells Birmingham conference she wants to get tough on immigration Tories are launching a crackdown on immigrant taxi drivers working illegally in the UK, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced. The profession was singled out by Mrs Rudd in her speech to the party conference in Birmingham, as she promised to …

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Sep 01

One in four Londoners fear they won’t get home safely in minicab in early hours, research finds

One in four Londoners fear they will not make it home safely in a minicab in the early hours of the morning, new research suggests. A quarter of people living in the capital who use minicabs fear a risk to their safety when travelling in one between 12am and 4am, according to a new survey …

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Aug 30

Drink-driving Sevenoaks minicab boss fined for operating without a licence

A former Sevenoaks minicab boss has been fined after being found guilty of operating without a licence. Mohammed Abdul Jabbar, of Glyn Davies Close, was convicted of two counts of the offence at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court on Thursday. The 31-year-old was fined £180 per count plus a £20 victim surcharge and £1,200 in costs, totalling £1,580. …

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