High Court Rules Uber Is Legal in London

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The logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone over a reserved lane for taxis in a street is seen in this photo illustration taken in Madrid on December 10, 2014. Sergio Perez/Reuters

Londoners can continue using the ridesharing company Uber's app to book taxis, the city's High Court ruled on Friday.

The Guardian reported that the court ruled that the app-based service, which allows users to keep track of their driver after ordering a taxi, does not constitute a taximeter—which are legal only for black cab drivers in London.

A taximeter is a device that automatically records the distance traveled and the fee payable by a customer. Uber's app uses GPS signals to connect locally available drivers with customers, and also uses the same tracking technology to calculate customer fares.

The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association said in a tweet that it had lodged an appeal with the Supreme Court regarding the High Court's decision.

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The case had been brought by Transport for London (TfL), the capital's transport regulator. In September, TfL launched a consultation process that could result in new restrictions being placed on Uber in London. These include the imposition of a mandatory five-minute window between booking and the start of a journey and requiring drivers to pass an English language assessment.

In a statement on their website, Uber called the decision a "victory for common sense."

Around one million people in London are registered as Uber customers and the service has 18,000 drivers in the city, the Guardian reported.

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