Private Hire Operator Licence - Uber (1)

MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Your answer to question 2015/1638 does not address the problem that Uber's business model, as they readily admit, is not based around taking bookings but on e-hailing. Given this distinction, please provide further information on how you came to the decision to grant a licence under this legislation.


Answer for Private Hire Operator Licence - Uber (1)

Answer for Private Hire Operator Licence - Uber (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The current regulations do not require that advance bookings must be taken up to a specified point in the future.

Uber bookings in London are accepted by Uber at their London operating centre as required by private hire legislation.

Due to a number of developments within the private hire industry including advancements in technology and changes to how people engage and share private hire services, TfL is reviewing the current regulations that govern the licensing of private hire operators, drivers and vehicles.

TfL is currently analysing the 4000 responses to the consultation on this matter and will be announcing the outcome of this review in the coming months.