Uber loses court bid to block English test for drivers

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The headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (Eric Risberg, AP)
The headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (Eric Risberg, AP)

London - Uber Technologies Inc. lost a ruling over London transport rules that require language tests for drivers, which could keep 40 000 people from joining the industry over the next three years.

Judge John Mitting ruled in favour of Transport for London on Friday, saying that it is reasonable for "drivers to demonstrate a level of competence in written and spoken English."

Uber, however, won on other TfL rules, with the judge striking down provisions on round-the-clock call centres and driver insurance.

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