Uber Licence extension: A non-decision

24 September 2019

Transport for London (TfL) today has announced that Uber has been granted a two-month extension to its operator licence ahead of any potential further licensing application.

In response, the Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee, Florence Eshalomi AM said:

“This is a non-decision by TfL. What will it learn in two more months that it didn’t learn in the last 15 months?

“If Uber hasn’t provided the information that TfL needs then that is a concern that needs to be addressed and clarified by TfL.

“Uber may have upped its game in terms of culture and governance, however, such a short extension is evidence they still have some way to go.

“The London Assembly agreed with TfL’s decision not to renew Uber’s license, as politicians from across the political spectrum were highly concerned about its working practices and safety record.

“We look forward to further information on this extension. The safety of Londoners must come first.”

Notes to editors

  1. Read the Transport Committee’s taxi report ‘Raising the standards for the Taxi & Private Hire industry’
  2. Florence Eshalomi AM, Chair of the Transport Committee, is available for interview – see contact details below.
  3. London Assembly Transport Committee.
  4. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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