Thousands of London taxi drivers plan to sue Uber for damages alleging the ride-hailing firm operated unlawfully.
The action, part of a planned anti-Uber campaign by black-cab drivers this year, claims it didn’t follow private hire rules between 2012 and 2018.
Uber said it “operates lawfully in London and these allegations are completely unfounded”.
Taxi rules in London mean that people have to contact a centralised office for minicabs, whereas they can hail a black cab on the street.
The lawsuit will claim that between 2012 and 2018, Uber let people hail its drivers directly, contravening those rules.
Litigation specialist RGL Management, which is also working with the cabbies to bring the case, said more than 4,000 had signed up so far.
There are about 5,200 further registrations being processed, with hundreds of enquiries per day, it said. The firm is funding a marketing campaign, and is looking to sign up as many as 30,000 eligible drivers.
A full-time driver over those six years could claim about £25,000 in lost earnings, it added. The group action is aiming to bring a case to the High Court no later than the first quarter of 2022.
“We are proud to serve this great global city and the 45,000 drivers in London who rely on the app for earnings opportunities, and are committed to helping people move safely.”
Uber has had a torrid history in the UK capital including previous lawsuits.
Uber then went on to lose its licence to operate in London in November 2019 after safety concerns.
But in September last year it was spared a London ban after a judge upheld an appeal against Transport for London’s decision over safety.