Uber as a private hire operator (4)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Reference: 
2015/3575
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The addendum to the contract Uber has with its drivers states ''Uber and its Affiliates in the Territory do not, and shall not be deemed to, direct or control Driver generally or in Driver's performance of Transportation Services or maintenance of any Vehicles. Driver acknowledges that neither Uber nor any of its Affiliates in the Territory controls, or purports to control: (a) when or for how long Driver will utilize the Driver App or the Uber Services…'. In the view of Transport for London does this mean that Uber drivers are de facto a private hire operator, with the costs and responsibilities that follow?

Answer

Answer for Uber as a private hire operator (4)

Answer for Uber as a private hire operator (4)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

No, although there could be cases where private hire drivers working for Uber are also licensed as a private hire operator. If private hire drivers perform a function for which a private hire operator licence was required, and did not have one, then enforcement action would be instigated which could have implications for an individual's licence.