RCJ considers regulation of PHVs
Today in Court 11 of the RCJ, Ranjit Bhose KC and Josef Cannon are appearing for a second day before Mrs Justice Foster on behalf of Uber Britannia limited, in a Part 8 Claim for a declaration as to the true meaning of certain provisions of the legislation that governs the regulation of private hire vehicles outside London. The case follows a similar case heard by the Divisional Court in 2021 in respect of the equivalent Act in London, in which both Ranjit and Joe appeared for Uber. The key question (in both cases) is whether the Act concerned requires an operator of PHVs to contract as principal with the passenger for a journey that a passenger books. The declaration is resisted by two regional operators, Veezu and DELTA, with the App Drivers and Couriers Union (ADCU) also intervening. Ranjit and Joe are instructed by Hogan Lovells. The Defendant is Sefton Council.