You really couldn't make it up. An Uber driver was caught red handed -illegally plying for hire- when he stupidly picked up two council enforcement officers outside a pub in Guilford.
More Irony From Uber, Be Booked Be Insured.
The driver, Ifran Hamid Hussain was found guilty at Guilford Magistrates' court earlier this week and the story has been in most of the papers.
Uber have now 'Slammed down on illegal pick ups'...well they would do wouldn't they, because they get zero commission from an illegal cash pick up.
On the other hand, Uber actually encourage their drivers to illegally pick up passengers, in areas where the drivers, cars, and uber itself are not licensed to operate (as we've seen in Reading). In some cases they offer,financial encouragements to get their drivers to contravene the terms of their licence.
They've even physically changed the county boundaries, informing drivers they can work the Uber app in Canterbury as this is covered by the London area
And apparently, Swansea is covered by Cardif !!!
It's only when Uber are not profiteering, they slam down on the illegal pick ups.
Now, if this had happened to a licensed Taxi driver, he would have immediately had his/her licence revoked. But it seems, TfL are not in the habit of revoking Uber drivers licenses as that would add to the already horrendous statistics stacking up against this company.
In fact the driver in this case is still registered on the TfL web checker, as a licensed private hire driver!
Illegally licensed in 2012, they have been allowed to continue without meeting legislated regulations, been allowed to operate from unlicensed premises and regulations have been altered and relaxed to allow Uber to continue to operate.
We've seen in the media that Uber drivers are responsible for one serious sexual attack every week, an increase of 50% on the previous years.
Two weeks ago an Uber driver rapist was jailed for 12 years.
This was followed last weekend by the new that a senior Met police officer had 'Slammed' Uber over failing to report sex attacks and other serious crimes committed by its drivers.
We've seen fake medical scandal
We read about fake topographical tests
We've seen drivers selling drugs from their vehicles
We seen drivers arrested over carrying firearms.
We've seen DBS criminal record checks changed
It just goes on and on.
TfL seem to be taking no action in order to protect the public. In fact it's worse that that...TfL appear to be protecting Uber at all costs.
And yes, we have the emails to prove this!
The only reason Uber has hit out at drivers who pick up passengers on unbooked rides is they are not earning.
But hold on....it gets worse!
Following Ifran Hamid Hussain's conviction this week, you would think he would have lost his PHV licence. TfL have said on many occasions that any drivers convicted of illegal touting would have their licence revoked.
But do they really mean, any driver except for an Uber driver?
An Uber spokesman said: "In the UK all private hire trips must be pre-booked through an operator (but then Uber have been telling us for the last 5 years, they don't do pre-bookings).
Uber are only interested in app jobs that pay them commission, they care nothing about boundaries.
Uber went on to say:
"Any driver found to have accepted a job without a pre-booking will permanently lose access to the Uber app and risks having their private hire licence taken away".... But this would apply to every job that is offered to the drivers???
So Uber will permanently banned them from working, but it appears TfL won't!
Hussain, 33, of Honeysuckle Close appeared at Guildford Magistrates' Court Wednesday (August 16) where he was found guilty.
He was caught in the act on August 28 last year when he parked outside a pub in Guildford to take the council officers for a ride.
Hussain was ordered to pay Guildford Borough Council £1,500 following his conviction.
He was also fined a further £250 and ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge.
Are Uber, A Law Unto Themselves.
Video by London Taxi Driver Marc Turner