Private hire and Uber drivers are going to launch a legal action against the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, accusing him of discrimination and making life tough for a mainly ethnic minority by forcing them to pay the congestion charge, whereas the black cab drivers, who are overwhelmingly white, being exempted from paying charges.
The driver group, says the charge is discriminatory as 94% of them are from black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds. It is to remind that, from 8th April, all the private hire vehicle drivers will be paying £11.50 daily congestion charge in central London, under the new rules introduced by the mayor, Sadiq Khan.
According to the London City Hall, “The black cabs drivers will not have to pay the congestion charges because all of their vehicles are wheelchair friendly and they also have a legal obligation to accept all the fares. The private hire drivers want to avoid the charge can switch to a low-emission or a wheelchair accessible vehicle.”
Uber driver, Hadi says, “The new policy from the mayor will cost him £60 weekly, which is a significant number for someone like him who is already living hand to mouth. London has more than 114,000 private hire drivers in which most of them are from minority ethnic groups, and they will not accept this charge. If the mayor doesn’t reverse this policy, we will not be having any option other than to fight it in the courts and the streets.”