News: TfL brands Uber unfit to operate in London

TfL brands Uber unfit to operate in London

Transport for London has informed Uber that it will not be issued with a private hire operator licence after expiry of its current licence on September 30th.

The decision means as many as 40,000 Uber operated cars could be removed from the city’s streets in little over a week.

The regulator has criticised the ride hailing app for its approach to reporting serious criminal offences, as well as its approach to how medical certificates are obtained.

Transport for London was also unimpressed with Uber’s approach to how enhanced disclosure and barring service checks are obtained.

The move is likely to be welcome by London black cab operators, who have long campaign against the perceived threat of Uber.

Consumers, however, are likely to be less impressed.

TfL said the regulation of London’s taxi and private hire trades is designed to ensure passenger safety.

Private hire operators must meet rigorous regulations, and demonstrate to TfL that they do so, in order to operate.

TfL must also be satisfied that an operator is fit and proper to hold a licence.

In this instance, TfL has concluded that Uber London is not “fit and proper” to hold a private hire operator licence.

TfL considers that Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications.

These include Uber’s approach to explaining the use of Greyball in London – software that could be used to block regulatory bodies from gaining full access to the app and prevent officials from undertaking regulatory or law enforcement duties.

The Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998 includes provision to appeal a licensing decision within 21 days of it being communicated to the applicant.

Uber London can continue to operate until any appeal processes have been exhausted.

No further comment will be made by TfL pending any appeal of this decision.