Lee Ward investigates : How far would TfL go to licence an App that would illegally ply for hire ?
I am considering investing in an app for Private Hire.
The App is basically when a member of the public requires a Private Hire to take them on a journey they ask the driver to take them.
The driver then asks for the customers name and inputs that into the App.
The App takes a GPS stamp of the drivers location and when he finishes the journey it takes another GPS to record the destination.
The App then sends this information to the base (licensed operator) and records the journey with the above information, which is;
Date and time
Pick up location
Before I invest in this App, I wish to confirm that it would meet the criteria of TfL and if not, what part would require addressing.
Their reply from the copy and paste specialist...
Dear Mr Ward
Thank you for your further email of 5 January 2016.
Booking via an app is legal as long as a private hire journey is booked in advance through a licenced private hire operator, and the job is then despatched to a licensed driver and vehicle.
The time between a booking being made and a journey starting is not currently subject to any statutory control in primary legislation, or regulations.
Correspondence and Investigations Officer
Transport for London
This App would be illegal in many ways but TfL have not offered to explain that in their reply...