It’s as easy as taking candy from a baby sharing the Uber App with any driver licensed or unlicensed.
Yes, I'm blowing the whistle on public safety.
Same old rhetoric from the snowflakey ‘games not dead’ brigade and funny enough, they're right, London's far from dead, there is plenty of work out there.... Unfortunately it's standing in the street gazing at smart phones, waiting for their Uber Slave.
But this isn't about fair competition, this is all about predictor pricing and illegal plying for hire.
So, where’s our work gone... you may well ask!
Basically, it's in the Uber cars that are now openly plying for trade (illegally) all over London...but hold up a minute, isn’t that why we trained so hard, some of us for many years, so we as a trade would have the monopoly to legally 'Ply for Hire'?
Isn't this the reason we go through such rigorous background checks and drive such an expensive compliant vehicle???
Surely our largest representative org (the one with 10,000 members) would be on to this......surely they won't be waiting and seeing...again?
How did we get to this point???
In 2012, along came a multi-billion dollar company, registered in another country where they pay hardly any tax and no VAT, using drivers who acquired their licenses in a matter of days, with dodgy on-line medicals and questionable criminal record checks.... yet here they are openly plying for hire -in real time on phone screens- 13,000 we were told by a police chief inspector had fake DBS certificates and yet the general manager of our licensing regulator says she vouches for every one of their drivers.
After five years of rapes, sexual assaults, data breaches, customer account hacks, record numbers of RTAs...the regulator suddenly said 'sorry can’t relicense as you are not fit and proper' then ironically, they went to court and virtually defended the company (who incidentall paid TFL's legal costs even though TfL lost the appeal). The Magistrate, Emma Arbuthnot, then gave Uber a (non existent in current legislation) probationary licence. The smell from the courts reeked of conflicts of interest and corruption.
The company can now carry on regardless in much the same MO as before offering artificial low fares ( illegal predator pricing) which is a massive vote winner for Sadiq Khan...so we can’t expect any help from his direction.
So why have our regulator defended this company so vigorously???
TfL are set to make 30-million pounds a year from Private Hire Drivers...fact...so again, no help from that area either.
It's time for all of the Orgs, Unions and drivers to dig into their pockets and throw their lot into the @UTAG17 campaign. No time left now for waiting and seeing.