Taxi and Private Hire Trade (11)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/5271
Question By: 
David Kurten
Organisation: 
UKIP
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

You stated in a previous answer that you are an advocate of the London Living Wage, but said TfL do not have the power to force Private Hire companies to provide it.  Many Private Hire drivers do not earn the minimum wage as highlighted in the recent Uber employment appeal. Some Private Hire Operators make vast profits without ensuring their drivers earn the legal hourly rate. As Mayor, you could introduce a condition at the point of licensing, that an operator must ensure it pays drivers the minimum wage. Do you agree that this would be an excellent initiative and would make a stand against companies exploiting its workforce?

Answer

Answer for Taxi and Private Hire Trade (11)

Answer for Taxi and Private Hire Trade (11)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am committed to my campaign for companies to pay the London Living Wage and I support the premise that operators should pay their drivers the London Living Wage. However, introducing a licensing condition on a private hire operator to pay its drivers a minimum wage goes beyond Transport for London's powers as a licensing and regulatory authority.