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>> A court ruling that could stop Uber in its tracks. The taxi app losing a London court battle over its drivers' English skills. The judge deciding employees should prove their reading and writing skills. Uber have fought to overturn that stance taken last August by public body, Transport for London.
For a company that's based its business model on hiring a taxi at just a touch of a button, things are looking a bit complicated. I'm Reuters reporter, Jacob Greaves, in London, where the San Francisco-based firm says this ruling could lose 33,000 private hire drivers their licences. It could also veer Uber's operating costs off course.
And Britain is already proving a tough market to navigate. In October, a tribunal ruled it should treat drivers as workers and accordingly pay them the minimum wage and holiday pay. Uber are also appealing that decision. Their presence on Britain's streets hasn't always been welcomed. New non-conventional technology has challenged traditional operators, with protests by taxi drivers erupting in the UK and around the world.
This latest loss in the courts is a sign regulators might be starting to catch up.