Friday, September 08, 2017

After Just Three Days, Taxify Call Halt To Operations Following TfL Investigation

When you're a ride-hailing company, a lot can happen in a week. Just three days after it brought its private hire app to London, Taxify has suspended all rides as it seeks to clarify its standing with the capital's transport authority. Transport for London confirmed yesterday that it was "urgently investigating" the Uber rival because it isn't a "licensed private hire operator" and was performing its services without the necessary clearance.

TfL have today issued the statement that the law requires Private Hire bookings are taken by a licensed Private Hire Operator at at a Licensed premises. 
As this is not the case with Uber (as we are frequently told by them that the driver accepts the booking in vehicle) will TfL be suspending Uber's licence forthwith, pending investigation ? 

While Taxify doesn't hold a licence itself, CEO Markus Villig told media that the company operates as a "technology platform," which sources rides for an existing ride-hailing operator called City Drive Services. Taxify purchased City Drive Services, allowing it to piggyback on the London-based firm's licence (which expires in 2019).

In a statement, Taxify said it had accumulated over 30,000 customers and added 3,000 drivers since it launched, adding: "Taxify is a technological platform for customers to hail rides from City Drive Services, a licensed London based private hire company. This has been raised as a concern by TfL and in full cooperation, Taxify have temporarily stopped operations to clarify its legal position with the regulator and reach a resolution so that services can return to normal."

"TfL have a responsibility to Londoners to make sure there is a competitive ride-hailing market in the capital that strengthens incentives for operators to improve quality and safety while also bringing the overall cost down for customers. Taxify's model does just this having achieved significant breakthroughs in over 19 markets around the world, and we look forward to an open and transparent dialogue with TfL in the coming days to resolve this."

In a letter to Transport for London and London's deputy mayor for transport, GMB union secretary Steve Garelick called Taxify's acquisition tactics into question, noting that the company's decision not to advise TfL of a change to licencing conditions appeared "incompatible with the law."

It's now Transport for London's job to identify whether Taxify's decision to trade under a subsidiary's licence is against the rules, which could see the company keep its drivers off the road indefinitely.

Source : Engadget

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lee ward said...

Looks like they are now between the rock and a hard place....

I hope they get squashed...

Anonymous said...

TFL will continue to give out as many licenses as possible, even if they flood the whole country with TFL badged Uber drivers. Because TFL are gaining money from it in license fees. It's all about money, and who pays most. They care about nothing else. Same with politicians, money and votes.

Anonymous said...

I just don't get it

as the article states:

'will TfL be suspending Uber's licence forthwith, pending investigation?'

I just don't get it, or understand it

I feel like, I'm in the funny-farm

Unknown said...

taxie ltd are for cabs in birmingham but our apps and licence are called epassenger thats the way it is for cars

CHAS THE CAB said...

Where did they get 3,000 drivers from so quickly?

Editorial said...

Uber drivers using both apps