Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Mayor releases statement over UBER petition:

In response to a petition on about TfL’s licensing decision on Uber, The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:

“Transport for London (TfL) yesterday informed Uber London Limited (Uber) that it will not be issued with a private hire operator licence after expiry of its current licence on 30 September.  This decision was made independently by TfL as the legal taxi and private hire regulator for London. 
“TfL has concluded that Uber’s conduct is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence. TfL considers that Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrates a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues that have potential public safety and security implications. These include Uber’s approach to reporting serious criminal offences, its approach to how medical certificates are obtained and its approach to how Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are obtained.  
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“I have written for The Guardian about why I have backed TfL’s decision, however, I want to be absolutely clear that there is a place in London for all private hire companies that play by the rules.
“Uber’s current licence does not expire until the end of September so the service will continue until then. The company can also continue to operate until the appeals process has been exhausted.
“I know that Uber has become a popular service for many Londoners – but it would be wrong for TfL to license Uber if there was any way this could pose a threat to Londoners’ safety or security.
“As Mayor of London I welcome innovative new companies that help Londoners by providing a better and more affordable service – but providing an innovative service is not an excuse for not following the rules. All companies in London must play by the rules and adhere to the high standards we expect - particularly when it comes to the safety of customers.  
“I have every sympathy with Uber drivers and customers affected by this decision but their anger really should be directed at Uber. They have let down their drivers and customers by failing, in the view of TfL, to act as a fit and proper operator. 

“I suspect it will take some time before this situation with Uber fully plays out. In the meantime, I will continue my work to help support innovative businesses in London and to create a vibrant and safe taxi and private hire market.”

Taxi Leaks Extra Bits :

Love him, or hate him, posibly the best George Galloway speech.....ever.



Anonymous said...

I still wouldn't consider buying any £60k cab just yet. I am wary of a major big stitch up against black cabs. I do not trust MPs, TFL or him. We have been well and truly stuffed over for years, I don't foresee that changing.

Brian Morris said...

nothing said about these poor shit driver`s,its all about how it will affect them, if they was that concerned about there family`s and standard of living, they have got so used to the way they operate by there own rule`s, by doing what they know, IF they were so concerned about there family`s, there`s an easy way out go and join a GOOD mini-cab company where they wont tolerate the shit they do, and obey the rule`s ie; proper checks,medicals, english ,all this about they don't have too, if they don't know english how will they understand there sat/nav`s, i don't like that cardboard cut out karn with a small "k" that all he seems to wont to do is having his picture taken, but he has seen the obvious at last, but money speaks all languages, as i`ve heard you say many times before, "follow the money" glade i`m retired now, i was bad enough when i was driving a cab, because i know with the shit our brother`s and sister`s put up with now, i would have lost my bill with in a week be lucky

Anonymous said...

All the authorities have ever done when new ideas have come into the market to take away work from Hackney carriage is bend over backwards to accommodate. Such as the whole tier of private hire to begin with. They make up new laws so that they can accommodate. At the same time they destroy us. We was and are being mugged off by credit card payments with the fee etc etc. We have been mugged off with the whole uber thing with them effectively using technology to ply for hire and create a sort of metered fare. TFL are proper mugging us off. All the time they know we won't rise up, because we need to stay all fit and proper to keep our badge. The whole thing really stinks. I will run my cab into ground and bugger off out of it all. No way I will put any more of my time and money into this, while we have corrupt and biased people in charge who seem to hate us. I can also tell you that the public do not think all that highly of us, most have one thing on mind, cheap rides, no matter with who. I could park a shitty old banger of a car in the West end on the evening sprayed with aerosol; No licence, but cheapest ride home, and I would do rather well, also undercutting Uber. Perhaps this is where the future lays???