Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Are Uber's London Account Numbers Double Dutch ???

The reason Uber won't come clean on this, is that it would expose the reality that if they had the 40,000 drivers, they would be working just over four hours per week says GMB.
GMB comments on the latest set of accounts, for year ending 31 December 2016, released by Uber London, the UK operating company.
Maria Ludkin, GMB Legal Director said:
"Uber could demonstrate its new found humility shown to the Mayor of London by showing a bit of transparency in its UK accounts.
“Uber gives the impression that it has an income of £36.9m in the UK by selling unspecified services to other Uber overseas companies - in other words it is an exporter of services from the UK. What a pile of tosh.
“In fact, Uber sends all the fare income made in the UK to a company in Holland.
"This Dutch company pays 75% of this income to drivers in the UK. GMB is working on the basis that the other 25% is the commission to Uber that comes back to the UK and makes up the lion’s share of Uber income in the UK.
“The reason Uber won't come clean on this is that it would expose the reality that the 40,000 drivers would be working just over four hours per week for Uber. So much for 40,000 jobs being on the line.
“It is high time that Uber stopped the spinning and came clean on what hours its drivers work each week.”

So Uber are worried about the 40,000 jobs they say they are not responsible for. 
The same workers they don’t want to give basic workers rights to
The same workers they are looking to replace with autonomous vehicles as soon as possible 
The word on everyone’s lips is “Hypocrites”
This link below is a must watch:

TfL Ref: FOI-1306-1718
Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 31 August 2017 asking for information about legal costs. Please accept my apologies for the delay in our response.
Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. I can confirm we hold some of the information you require.
The total expenditure, as at the end of August 2017 and since June 2014, is £291,679. This figure is inclusive of VAT.
We do not hold an expected estimate of future costs and so are unable to provide you with this information.
If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable to access it for some reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.
Yours sincerely
Lee Hill
Senior FOI Case Officer


Anonymous said...

Uber has chosen to go and operate and thrive in areas where the regulations have been either lax or not enforced. This says a lot about TFL and taxi licensing in London. They have turned a blind eye or have had woeful actions against touting, mini cab regulations and rickshaws. It's totally scandalous this happy go lucky attitude to the laws and rules being upheld. We have all paid our licensing fees to facilitate these protections and the public have paid the taxes. This is why TFL should be dissolved and the job now done properly. Think how many thousands individual taxi drivers have lost over the years by this loss of work, if we could quantify it I am sure claims through the courts for loss of earnings could be made.

Anonymous said...

PHV Rich, after 20 years driving minicabs in London I have decided not to renew my badge.I can take no more of this maddness.The last time I went on holiday was 2011, I can not sit there anymore earning £4.50 a hour. Twenty years , not one complaint, no accidents, well apart from the uber driver who reversed into me. Uber ,tfl both need to go, we all know the truth, we all know tfl act like the kray twins, good luck gents , I'm out, they need to go, someone should pay for what they have done to all of us , I enjoyed being a cab drivers , giving a good safe service to men and women, old and young, but now they expect me too work 80-90 hours a week , this is illegal, this is wreck less driving, and if I crash and kill or hurt someone I would go to prisoners ,How have tfl got away with this ,.I hope this will end but , I m gone, just what they wanted

Anonymous said...

I remember the £1 cash booking charge for Taxis, PCO considered that reasonable and would more than cover the cost of processing a booking.

Credit card charges have been capped to protect the customer.

It must only cost UBER pennies to process a booking, in order to protect the customer and driver why not cap the commission?
Theatre and travel agents don't levy 25%+ booking charges, are UBER a special case? they maintain that that all they do is pass on a booking.

Any charge is ultimately passed on to the customer. or so Adam Smith reckoned in his book the Wealth of Nation.

Anonymous said...

Even if Uber don’t get re- licences Lyft will take over along with any other American giant hailing app sad for our trade gutted.