Our application to JR and become an Interested Party
Currently, we do not have a specific date for our efforts to JR TfL's decision to refuse Uber a license but we hope to be able to update you in the coming weeks.
Can we hold TfL to account?
One of our aims is to bring a claim against TFL. Our legal team are of the opinion that TfL has facilitated the conspiracy to cause economic loss and wrongful interference with our exclusive right by its action or inaction. The legal team are also of the view that there is a potential claim against TfL for breaching its statutory duty, by failing to police and regulate the statutory regime. This would be a claim in damages for economic loss.
Am I due compensation?
Damages by way of compensation are not UTAG's primary concern although they are obviously an important consideration. The central issues are to re-instate the two tier system and to hold TFL to account over its systemic failure to regulate that two-tier system, including Uber. Working out loss will be a major exercise and one that will be undertaken in due course allowing the legal team to concentrate on the job in hand.
What is required from you?
It is a fact that when the taxi trade is fully behind something, we are a formidable force. As UTAG's action relies on donations, drivers will need to play a strong part in fundraising.
Is UTAG a political group?
No, UTAG is apolitical and has been formed solely to manage the legal process against Westminster Magistrates Court, Transport for London and Uber
How do I contribute?
Please make donations to:
Can I contribute if I am not in the United Cabbies Group?
Please see "How do I contribute?" section if you wish to pay directly to the UTAG bank account.
How did UTAG come about?
UTAG started as a collaboration between Trevor Merralls and Angela Clarkson of the United Cabbies Group (UCG) and 5 taxi business stakeholders
What am I committing to by registering my interest in donating?
At this stage you are committing to providing your name, badge number and contact details. You are not formally committing to taking part in the litigation just by registering your information.
Will my name, personal and financial information be kept confidential? Where will this information be stored, who will see it and how will it be used?
Your information will be held securely by the UTAG and will not be shared with anyone for marketing purposes.
Can I remove myself from the group action at any point?
Once you have agreed to participate and donated to the fund you may withdraw from the legal action. However, your financial contribution may not be returned.
Are there any risks associated with me taking part?
Drivers who participate will become members of United Trade Action Group Limited ("UTAG").
Media coverage. will I need to participate in this?
Your public support will be invaluable, however at the early stages when facts are explained to the media we request that all media approaches are directed to the appointed Press Officer or the Drivers Advocacy Committee.
Is the action open to businesses within the trade, or just individuals?
Unlike other legal action UTAG's legal action(s) is open to both active badge holders and stakeholders, whose business has been and is affected by the decisions taken by the Westminster Magistrate's decision, TFL and the Uber business model.
What are the estimated costs for these three legal actions?
Estimated costs for all three claims are c£1.5m + VAT.
What is the name of the commercial entity that shall manage the legal process?
United Trade Action Group Ltd.
Who are the Directors of United Trade Action Group Ltd?
The Directors are Trevor Merralls and Angela Clarkson, however, in the coming months the board shall be expanded to a minimum of five.
Why is United Trade Action Ltd, limited by company guarantee?
A company limited by guarantee does not usually have an issued share capital or shareholders, but instead has members who act as guarantors. The guarantors give an undertaking to contribute a nominal amount in the event of a winding up of the company. Limited by Guarantee companies are used for non-profit organisations that require legal status.
Is UTAG registered for Value Added Tax "VAT"?
UTAG has not been incorporated to be a trading company and the advice received is that UTAG is not able to register for VAT, as there is no onward trade in goods or services. Due to no onward trade, UTAG is not able to reclaim VAT. United Trade Action Group Ltd has been incorporated for the sole purpose of managing the legal processes against TfL and Uber.
How will the donations be utilised?
UTAG's fundraising estimations are based on a minimum of 7,000 drivers each donating £250.00 towards an estimated total £1.5 million + VAT in legal fees.
Becoming a Member of United Trade Action Group Ltd
Drivers who contribute £250.00 or greater will be invited by UTAG to become a Member.