Legal Advice for Uber Contract

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Reference: 
2015/1033
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Please could TfL provide us with a copy of the legal advice which they sought when they granted Uber a licence to work in London?

Answer

Answer for Legal Advice for Uber Contract

Answer for Legal Advice for Uber Contract

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL is legally obliged to grant a PHV operator's licence to any applicant that satisfies the licensing criteria. Uber is licensed by TfL as a private hire operator because they meet these requirements and because they did so at the time of their licensing application in May 2012.  

For that reason, it was not necessary for TfL to obtain specific legal advice as part of Uber's original licensing application.  

TfL has subsequently taken legal advice about Uber's operational model more generally. Sir Peter Hendy CBE has written to the London Assembly setting out the legal advice received.