London’s Uber Drivers want to Pass English Language Tests, Court Rules

Uber Technologies Inc. lost a ruling over London transport rules that require language tests for drivers, which maystay40,000 people from joining the induscheck outover the following three years.

Judge John Mitting ruled in favor of Transport for London Friday, saying that it’s reasonable for “drivers to illustrate a degree of competence in written and spoken English.”

Uber, however, won on other TfL rules, with the judge striking down provisions on round-the-clock call centers and motive forceinsurance.

San Francisco-based Uber has fought with regulators around the globalover the technology that conventionaltaxi companies say threatens their existence. In London, Uber won a suit against TfL over the U.S.e of its app as a taxi meter before losing a case brought by drivers looking foremployment rights including the minimum wage and holiday pay.

Uber said t the same time asit had won on a hugeity of points, it maystill appeal the part of the ruling on language tests.

“this can be a deeply disapmentioningcome for tens of thousands of drivers who will lose their livelihoods since they may be able tonot pass an essay writing test,” the corporate said in a press release. “We’ve almethodssupported spoken English skills, but writing an essay has nothing to do with communicating with passengers or getting them safely from A to B.”

The ruling caps a tumultuous few weeks for the ride hailing app, when Its Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick was filmed arguing with a motive forceover pay, and Uber was forced to open an investigation into sexual harassment and discrimination claims by a sorter employee. It was criticized for nominating company insiders to conduct the professionalbe.


At a hearing earlier this week, Uber had known asthe brand new London rules “irrational,” arguing that 40 %of non-publiccar-rentdrivers mayfail the los angelesnguage tests. Those fears were borne out by recent tests, where 4five%of applicants have failed the English exams, Mitting said.

Regulations for round-the-clock call centers and requirements for drivers to be insured to hold passengers always, whether working or not, were tossed out. there is not any want to reflectUber’s curhiresystem for non-urgent inquiries, but TfL is entitended in force them to ardiversitya hotline for emergency calls, Judge Mitting said.