Another day, another legal battle for Uber.
The ride-hailing company is suing Transport for London (TfL), the local transport regulator, over rules that require “private hire” drivers from non-English speaking countries to pass a written English language exam. The rules also increase the insurance requirements for private hire drivers—a category that includes Uber as well as London’s minicabs—and instruct Uber to inform TfL of any changes to its business or operating model before they are made.
“This legal action is very much a last resort,” said Tom Elvidge, Uber’s general manager for London, in a statement. “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.”