MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Question By: 
Len Duvall OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A constituent has asked me to submit this question. Do you agree with Labour's Shadow Business Secretary, Rebecca Long-Bailey, that using Uber is "not morally acceptable" due to the way they exploit drivers?


Answer for Uber

Answer for Uber

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I strongly believe that all companies should provide appropriate financial recompense to the people working for them. As a passionate advocate of the London Living Wage, I encourage all companies, including private hire operators in London, to commit to paying their drivers at least £9.75 for every hour they work. I am opening a dialogue across London's businesses, including its private hire companies, through the recently launched consultation on my Good Work Standard. The call for evidence is asking businesses what should be included, but I've been clear that the London Living Wage is the first hallmark of a responsible employer.

The challenges of the 'gig' economy require national action if concerns about this type of employment are to be tackled across the board.  As the licensing and regulatory authority for taxi and private hire, TfL's primary aim is the safety of the public. All operators are licensed in accordance with current legislation and licensing requirements to make sure the public are able to travel safely throughout London. Any other private hire operator policies that are separate to these requirements fall beyond TfL's remit.