The licensing panel of Brighton and Hove have refused to renew Uber’s licence.
In a heavily contested application, heard in public on 23 April, the local Private Hire trade representatives said that Uber was not a fit and proper company to hold an operator’s licence. The recent data breach in America, and the cover-up of it, had serious repercussions world-wide, including Uber passengers in Brighton and Hove. Uber could not escape the consequences of the acts of their ultimate holding company. The licensing committee agreed.
The decision to refuse renewal was also based on Uber having reneged on its undertaking to use only Brighton and Hove licensed drivers in Brighton. Gerald Gouriet QC submitted that Uber’s persistent use of ‘out of town’ drivers seriously undermined local licensing control, and the Licensing Committee was entitled to refuse to renew the licence on that ground alone. The Committee regarded the breach of undertaking as further evidence that Uber are not fit and proper persons to hold a licence.
Gerald Gouriet QC represented Brighton and Hove Streamline Limited, Radio Cabs and City Cabs.
Charles Holland represented United Taxi Drivers Association and the Brighton Sudanese Taxi Forum.