'Black cab drivers are challenging Uber's temporary operating licence in London, claiming the judge that granted it was 'biased'.
The United Cabbies Group Ltd (UCG), which represents Hackney Carriage Drivers in the capital, has made the complaint against Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot.
It claims the judge, who granted Uber a 15-month permit in June, was 'tainted by actual or apparent bias' when she granted the licence - due to her being married to Lord Arbuthnot who is alleged to have financial connections to the taxi firm.
The licence had been granted on a 'probationary' basis at Westminster Magistrates' Court in June last year after Transport for London (TfL) refused to renew it amid safety concerns.
But the judge said in August she would not hear any further cases involving the taxi-hailing app after a newspaper article alleged there were financial connections between her husband, Lord Arbuthnot, and Uber.
At a hearing in London on Wednesday, lawyers for UCG acknowledged the judge was unaware of any such links but said she should have 'checked for any potential conflicts of interest' before making her decision on Uber's licence.
They also argued that the decision was not open to her because Uber did not meet the 'fit and proper person' criteria necessary for holding a licence.'
Read more: Black cab drivers make High Court challenge to Uber's London temporary operating licence claiming judge was biased because of her husband's links to taxi app firm
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