Uber (4)

MQT on 2018-07-19
Session date: 
July 19, 2018
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What message does giving Uber a new Licence send out, given the high number of sexual assaults recorded as being committed by Uber drivers?  What are you going to do to ensure that the public, particularly vulnerable women, are safe if they use an Uber vehicle?



Answer for Uber (4)

Answer for Uber (4)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Any offence committed against a passenger in a taxi or private hire vehicle is one offence too many. Thousands of people use these services every day, and public safety is my top priority.

The Metropolitan Police Service's (MPS) dedicated Taxi and Private Hire Policing Team is at the forefront of tackling illegal taxi and private hire activity and carries out regular operational night time deployments to target offenders. The team, in partnership with TfL, also runs a number of weekly high-visibility stop sites, where officers undertake roadside checks of taxi and private hire vehicles and drivers.

On 26 June, the Chief Magistrate at Westminster Magistrates' Court granted Uber London Limited a private hire operator's licence for 15 months - but with a clear set of conditions that TfL will closely monitor and enforce. These conditions include arrangements with the MPS for reporting passenger complaints as well as other requirements relating to complaint handling and reporting.

More information on these conditions can be found at: www.tfl.gov.uk/tph-news