Language has become the latest battleground for regulators looking to monitor the slow creep of ride-sharing and driver-hire platforms like Uber.
The San Francisco-based company is suing the City of London in the U.K. over new regulations from Transport for London (TfL), the city’s transport authority, including one requiring private-hire drivers coming from a non-English speaking majority country to pass a language test.
“We support spoken English skills, but this exam is harder than the test for British citizenship,” wrote Alana Saltzman, Uber UK and Ireland spokesperson, in an emailed response to Yahoo Canada Finance. (Uber Canada did not respond to repeated requests).
While the English proficiency has gained the lion’s share media coverage, the tech company cites three other grievances including the requirement for “hire and reward” insurance even when vehicles aren’t in use, the requirement to inform TfL of changes to their operating model “before they are made” and a rule thatRead More »from Is language the new front for regulators in the battle against Uber?