The UK High Court grants an interim injunction against the use by private hire vehicles of bus lanes marked for taxis: insufficient connection with EU law (Transport for London)

Taxi wars in London – does EU law have a role to play?* On Thursday of last week the High Court granted Transport for London (TfL) an interim injunction relating to the high-profile raising of the stakes in its battle with Addison Lee (AL), the largest “private hire” (ie minicab) operator (PHO) in London (and, it appears, Europe) over the use of bus lanes. The application for an interim injunction came in the aftermath of a call by AL’s Chairman, John Griffin, to AL drivers (who are technically self-employed) to flout the restrictions pertaining to bus lanes, which in most cases are reserved, for at least a part of the day, to buses, taxis and bikes – “taxis” meaning black cabs. In his statement, Mr Griffin said that AL would cover any fines imposed on drivers as a result of driving in bus

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Christopher Brown, The UK High Court grants an interim injunction against the use by private hire vehicles of bus lanes marked for taxis : insufficient connection with EU law (Transport for London), 26 avril 2012, e-Competitions Due Process Research Program, Art. N° 62180

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