Taxi and Private Hire Trade (4)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-05-17
Session date: 
May 17, 2018
Reference: 
2018/1268
Question By: 
David Kurten
Organisation: 
UKIP
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

TfL license Private Hire Operators, but do not licence Taxi apps such as My Taxi and GETT.  At present, TfL's Taxi and Private Hire Directorate are allowing them to operate unchecked, which could have risks to public safety, and could entrench the creation of a gig economy with no workers' rights. What is your opinion of the recent post on the Zelo Street blog, which alleged that it was easy to join the My Taxi platform with fake identification, where My Taxi did not carry out basic fundamental checks. (http://zelo-street.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/mytaxi-potentially-unsafe-app....)  If taxi apps were licenced, TfL could ensure that they were properly vetting drivers joining their platforms and abiding regulations.  TfL could then revoke their licences if they do not meet the conditions of their licence.  Do you think that they should be licenced?

Answer

Answer for Taxi and Private Hire Trade (4)

Answer for Taxi and Private Hire Trade (4)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

If there is evidence that an unlicensed driver is undertaking taxi work, this should be passed on immediately to the police or TfL to investigate. Any person undertaking work by purporting to be a taxi driver, whether via an app or on-street, is doing so illegally and may face criminal prosecution. 

TfL does not have powers to license or regulate taxi apps. The Government would need to provide it with those powers by changing primary legislation. 

Nevertheless, TfL is aware of these reports and has contacted MyTaxi to seek assurances on its processes.