Uber (3)

MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


An FOI reply from the Metropolitan Police last month, provides evidence of an increase of 50% from the previous years, in sexual assaults carried out by Uber drivers. 48 offences were recorded. Do you agree that this a shocking and appalling statistic?  Do you believe that this is unacceptable and proves that the licensing of Uber and its business model endangers the public, particularly vulnerable women?


Answer for Uber (3)

Answer for Uber (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It has been brought to my attention that MQ 2017/3498, that you submitted on 14 September 2017, has not received a response. I apologise for this oversight.


Any offence committed against a passenger in a taxi or private hire vehicle is one offence too many. Thousands of people in the capital use these services, and public safely is my priority.


The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) robustly pursues offenders and Transport for London (TfL) works with the MPS to take licensing action against any offending licensed driver. The MPS’s dedicated Taxi and Private Hire Policing Team is at the forefront of tackling illegal taxi and private hire activity and also carries out regular operational night time deployments to target offenders. The team, in partnership with TfL, also runs a number of weekly hi-visibility stop sites (complemented with a mobile compliance vehicle capability) targeting compliance within the taxi and private hire industry.


With regard to Uber’s licence, on 22 September TfL informed Uber London Limited that it will not be issued with a private hire operator licence after the expiry of its current licence.  The reasons for TfL not issuing a new licence are available online at http://content.tfl.gov.uk/13-17-licensing-decision-on-uber-london-limited.pdf.