Image credit: RGL BULit21 (Twitter)
Nearly 11,000 London taxi drivers have now signed up for a group lawsuit against ridesharing company Uber that could report them the region of Â£ 25,000 per taxi driver if successful.
Supported by litigation specialist RGL Management and Mishcon de Reya, the group of black cab drivers involved in the litigation is growing rapidly, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The basis of the claim is that Uber operated illegally by violating the Private Rental Vehicle Act 1998 (London) from June 2012 to March 2018. The group alleges that Uber allowed drivers to accept reservations directly when they were not authorized to do so.
Any taxi driver holding a green or yellow badge operating in the London area between June 2012 and March 2018 is eligible to join the group. RGL calculates that up to 30,000 drivers are eligible and that for a full-time driver operating throughout that period, a claim against Uber could be worth around Â£ 25,000 or more.
In an update on social media, a spokesperson for BULit21 said: âJoin nearly 11,000 taxi drivers who have registered with BULit21, RGL’s group litigation against the illegal booking operation of ‘Uber UK on behalf of hardworking black London cab drivers. “