Taxi and Private Hire Trade (15)

MQT on 2018-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2018
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


When will you respond to question 2017/5256 from December 2017 which asks 'Why did TfL licence UBER in 2012 and not know or understand the mechanisms of inviting and accepting bookings? Why did they fail again to understand the booking process when they carried out their investigation into their business model in 2014? Did TfL Management just take assurances from UBER rather than carrying out their own due diligence?'


Answer for Taxi and Private Hire Trade (15)

Answer for Taxi and Private Hire Trade (15)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

All applicants for private hire operator licences are required to demonstrate that they comply with private hire legislation, and Uber London Limited (ULL) is no exception.


ULL was licensed as a private hire operator in London in 2012, having met the same pre-licensing requirements as any other applicant for an operator’s licence at the time.


Transport for London conducted further investigations in 2014, and engaged extensively with Uber regarding its business model, and in particular the mechanisms by which bookings are invited and accepted.