Reading Borough Council v Ali

Road traffic – Private hire vehicle. The display of the respondent Uber driver's vehicle on a smartphone App did not constitute an invitation to book the respondent's vehicle or an invitation to book an Uber vehicle in the vicinity, even if it were not the respondent's. The Divisional Court, in dismissing the appellant local authority's appeal, further held that the judge had not erred in law in finding that the prosecution had not proved that the respondent had been plying for hire without a licence to do so, contrary to s 45 of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847.

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