Uber Now Legal In London, Still Faces Speed Bumps In U.S.
Uber is free to put its pedal to the metal in London. UK regulators have declared that the San Francisco-based ridesharing startup is indeed operating legally in the city clearing the way for Uber to operate openly in the British capital. The decision was came Thursday from Transport for London, the city’s transportation regulator. The debate centered on taxi meters, which are only allowed in London’s black cabs. Cab drivers argued that Uber’s smartphone app was serving as a taxi meter. The TfL decided otherwise. The TfL decision is not final, however. A British court will determine whether or not Uber’s app is the equivalent of a taxi meter later this year, but that won’t stop Uber from operating in the meantime. The news from London comes after cab drivers sparked major protests against ridesharing apps like Uber in multiple major European cities last month, including London. Europe isn’t the only region fighting against the ridesharing industry. In Pittsburgh, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission issued cease-and-desist orders to both Uber and Lyft on Tuesday in an attempt to shut down the services until drivers have proper registration with the state.
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