Uber #1

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2016
Reference: 
2016/0548
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

With Uber Drivers recently protesting about having to work an 18-19 hour shift earning between £4-5 per hour, is it acceptable for a registered operator to employ drivers so low below the London Living Wage , on such long shift that they are a danger to themselves, customers and other users of the road?    

Answer

Answer for Uber #1

Answer for Uber #1

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The amount that drivers earn is not something that is within TfL's powers to regulate. It is open to drivers to choose which operator (or operators) they work for, and the working terms and conditions they are prepared to accept.

Although drivers are not generally subject to EU controls on working time, they do have a general duty to not drive when tired, as advised in the Highway Code. TfL will review a driver and/or operator's fitness to remain licenced where there is evidence that drivers are breaching this duty in the interests of public safety.

Working excessive hours was recognised as an issue in the recent Private Hire Regulations Review and TfL has committed to working with the DfT to consider how to address this.

I encourage employers to pay the London Living Wage.