Uber (8)

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


I was deeply concerned to read in the Sunday Times on 13 August 2017 a letter from Inspector Neil Billany, head of the Metropolitan Police's taxi and private hire unit to Helen Chapman, Transport for London's head of taxis and private hire, in which, he accuses Uber of failing to report sex attacks and other "serious crimes" committed by its drivers, and of obstructing officers trying to investigate them. Can you tell me what action is in hand to address these serious allegations?


Answer for Uber (8)

Answer for Uber (8)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL has engaged with the police and followed up on these allegations with Uber London Limited (ULL) directly. 

As you will be aware, on Friday 22 September TfL informed Uber London Limited (ULL) that it will not be issued with a private hire operator licence after the expiry of its current licence on 30 September. 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

The Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998 includes provision to appeal a licensing decision within 21 days of it being communicated to the applicant. ULL can continue to operate until any appeal processes have been exhausted, and licenced drivers can continue to drive for them as they can for any other licensed private hire operator.