MQT on 2016-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2016
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What evidence has TfL undertaken or received from the Department of Transport or any other organisation to provide an assurance that UberPool provides adequate safety for all passengers.  If research has been undertaken will TfL ensure this is placed in the public domain?


Answer for UberPool

Answer for UberPool

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As the regulator or the capital's taxi and private hire trades, TfL seeks to ensure the best interests and safety of the public are protected. The statutory basis to allow private hire vehicle ride sharing is set out in primary legislation.

TfL has not received any evidence from the Department for Transport regarding the safety of UberPool. TfL did however obtain assurances from Uber directly, prior to the launch of UberPool, that services would be provided within the legal and regulatory framework. TfL specifically asked for, and was provided with, assurances in relation to public safety, vehicle insurance and information sharing.

I have committed to ensuring that safety standards are rigorously enforced across the black cab and private hire industries. As part of this, I have recently announced that I am quadrupling the number of taxi and private hire compliance offices to 250 by September 2017.