THE QUEEN ON THE APPLICATION OF INDEPENDENT WORKERS UNION OF GREAT BRITAIN (IWGB) -V- THE MAYOR OF LONDON (1) TRANSPORT for LONDON (2)
Members of Old Square Chambers are acting on behalf of two minicab drivers and the Independent Workers’ of Great Britain Trade Union (the Claimants) in their judicial review of the Mayor of London’s decision to remove the exemption from the congestion charge in London previously applied to minicab drivers; but to retain it for black cabs. The decision is a controversial one because the overwhelming majority of minicab drivers (94%) are from the BAME community, whereas a similar proportion of black cab drivers are white. The decision also has a disproportionate impact on women and upon people with disabilities who rely upon minicabs to access essential services. The Claimant contends that the decision breaches equality law and the drivers’ rights under the ECHR.
Ben Collins QC, Nadia Motraghi, Nicola Newbegin and Tara O’Halloran are representing the Claimant.
The dispute has already gathered considerable press attention. For further news coverage, please see:
minicab; high court; judicial review; congestion charge; mayor of london; BAME; IWGB; black cabs
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