Uber (2)

MQT on 2017-10-12
Session date: 
October 12, 2017
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Until recently Taxi drivers who incurred delays to their DBS application were denied a temporary licence to continue to work by LTPH. TfL/LTPH said this was necessary for public safety. Many drivers were out of work for a lengthy period and suffered serious financial hardship. Why is it then that 13,000 PH drivers have been given 28 days to make their application and allowed to continue to work? Do you agree this puts public safety in jeopardy? Do you agree that this displays bias by TfL in favour of UBER and that TfL should compensate taxi drivers who were refused a temporary licence?


Answer for Uber (2)

Answer for Uber (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London’s (TfL) decision to allow drivers 28 days to submit an application for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check did not demonstrate bias.


The delays you mention occurred two years ago, in December 2015, and were due to a backlog at the DBS. The delays affected both taxi and private hire drivers, as well as numerous other applicants from different industries.


TfL and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) made every effort to reduce waiting times for these important safety checks, with the MPS drafting in around 60 additional members of staff to help. TfL took a number of steps, including seconding staff to the DBS and introducing temporary measures to ensure that licenced taxi and private hire drivers were not stopped from working because of these delays.