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10/07/2019

Old Square Chambers Act In Judicial Review of Mayor of London’s Congestion Charge Decision

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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:

BBC News

ITV News

The Economist

Dail Mail

The Telegraph

Independent

Financial Times

Eastern Eye

TaxiPoint

IWGB

TaxiPoint

TalkRADIO

Bloomberg

BBC News

The Guardian

Evening Standard

Independent

Daily Mail

Mirror

 

minicab; high court; judicial review; congestion charge; mayor of london; BAME; IWGB; black cabs

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Ben Collins QC

Ben Collins QC 020 7269 0360 Email

Nadia Motraghi

Nadia Motraghi 020 7269 0357 Email

Nicola Newbegin

Nicola Newbegin 020 7269 0305 Email

Tara O’Halloran

Tara O’Halloran 020 7269 0351 Email

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