Uber (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3065
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Did TfL's Taxi and Private Hire department independently check the Uber booking process to guarantee that it is the operator who allocates the trip and not the driver accepting the booking?

Answer

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. ULL is subject to all legislation which applies to private hire operators in the capital. Transport for London (TfL) conducted further investigations in 2014 and 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. ULL has been granted a four-month private hire operator licence to allow TfL to conclude its consideration of a five-year licence.