Uber (2)

MQT on 2017-07-13
Session date: 
July 13, 2017
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Uber were originally licenced by TfL in 2012. It has been alleged that it took until October 2016 for TfL to ask Uber how their booking process works.  Do you agree with The London Cab Drivers Club, that this should have been done before they were licensed not more than four years later, and that, if true, this is wholly negligent and grossly incompetent?


Answer for Uber (2)

Answer for Uber (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Uber London Limited (ULL) is registered as a private hire operator in London, having met the same pre-licensing requirements in 2012 as any other applicant for an operator's licence and is subject to all legislation which applies to private hire operators in the capital.

It did not take until October 2016 for TfL to discuss with ULL how its booking process worked. TfL had previously engaged extensively with Uber to fully understand their business model, in particular the mechanisms by which bookings are invited and accepted.

As the regulatory and licensing authority in London, TfL keeps all operator licences under review to ensure they continue to meet the requirements for licensing in London.