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Uber just won a legal battle against the rest of London's taxis

Isabelle Aron
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Isabelle Aron

For most people, Uber is an easy and relatively cheap (unless you get hit with a hefty price surge) way to get home when you can't face the night bus. But for the rest of London's taxi drivers, the app is nothing but a damn nuisance. Since it launched in London back in 2012, black cabs and minicab drivers have been putting pressure on TfL to determine whether Uber was breaking the law by operating in London, where only black cab drivers are allowed to charge metered fares.

To settle the dispute once and for all, TfL took the case to the high court to rule whether the Uber app was classified as a taximeter. The verdict was released today and it's good news for Uber fans, but bad news for lots of angry taxi drivers as Uber has officially won the case. But Uber isn't out of the woods yet, as TfL is still holding a public consultation on taxi apps, which includes a proposal to make passengers wait at least five minutes between booking a car and your driver turning up. Five whole minutes? Not cool TfL, not cool.

Have your say on the TfL consultation.

Take a look at London's taxis through the ages.

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