Taxi and Private Hire Trade (2)

MQT on 2018-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2018
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Following an FOI request, the London Cab Drivers Club (LCDC) reported that they have discovered an email from Helen Chapman (London Taxi and Private Hire) to Tom Elvidge (UBER) where she provided Mr Elvidge with advanced warning that FOI requests have been made between MPS and TfL Officials. This was after huge media exposure given to the email by Inspector Neil Billany (MPS) alleging sexual assaults and other criminality covered up by UBER, which was extremely damaging to both TfL and UBER. Do you agree with the LCDC that this amounted to giving UBER a "heads up" in case other emails emerged of serious impropriety, and gave them the opportunity to "manage" any crisis beforehand? Do you have concerns that this conduct was biased in favour of UBER, and what steps are you taking to ensure that this does not happen again?


Answer for Taxi and Private Hire Trade (2)

Answer for Taxi and Private Hire Trade (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is good practice to notify a third party when an authority releases information relating to them, where appropriate.