Safety protocol for UberPool

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Reference: 
2017/0354
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What are the reasons that TfL did not design safety protocols with the Department for Transport before the launch of UberPool?    Does TfL have any plans to introduce its own guidance for ridesharing using licensed taxis and private vehicles, irrespective of the policies adopted by the Department for Transport?

Answer

Answer for Safety protocol for UberPool

Answer for Safety protocol for UberPool

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Existing legislation allows for the provision of ridesharing services without needing TfL's specific agreement before doing so.

However, TfL sought and obtained assurances on safety from Uber prior to the launch of UberPool and is working with the Department for Transport to produce guidance about ridesharing which will be introduced this year.