A plan to force London minicab drivers to pass written English tests would put almost a 3rd of them out of enterprise, the experience-hailing app Uber has argued.
In a high court battle with Transport for London, legal professionals for Uber stated the transport physique’s estimates recommend 33,000 drivers would both fail the test or be deterred from making an attempt to resume their licence.
TfL, which licenses almost 118,000 minicab drivers, needs all candidates for a brand new, or renewed, personal rent licence to cross the test by 31 September.
The test, which includes writing a brief essay, wouldn’t apply to black cab drivers.
Uber stated 33,000 drivers (28%) of those that presently maintain a licence would lose their livelihood over three years.
Thomas de la Mare QC, representing Uber, advised the listening to on Tuesday the requirement was “manifestly disproportionate” and would unfairly penalise drivers who had adequate English to move their driving test and skim street indicators however to not cross a written examination.
He stated the shortage of complaints about Uber drivers’ written English meant the difficulty was “the dog that did not bark”.
The case continues.