Applying "Board Composition Requirements" found in the Conditions of the 26 June Uber Decision to TfL Surface Transport Contractor Contracts

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-09-13
Session date: 
September 13, 2018
Reference: 
2018/2118
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

According to Clause 1 of the Uber London Limited judgment made by the Westminster Magistrates Court on the 26 June 2018, Uber "shall maintain a Board, comprising at least three independent directors who shall be in the majority (one of whom shall be the Chair) and at least two executive directors".  In the interest of improving the operational safety performance of its Surface Transport contractors, will the Mayor seek to compel all relevant companies to maintain a Board composition where independent directors shall be in the majority, one of whom shall be the Chair? 

Answer

Answer for Applying "Board Composition Requirements" found in the Conditions of the 26 June Uber Decision to TfL Surface Transport Contractor Contracts

Answer for Applying "Board Composition Requirements" found in the Conditions of the 26 June Uber Decision to TfL Surface Transport Contractor Contracts

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London (TfL) licenses and regulates private hire vehicle operators and is able to attach conditions to their operating licences where appropriate, such as the one you refer to in your question.   It also selects its contractors based on a number of factors, including safety performance.  Bidders must meet the highest standards in a competitive process to be awarded contracts.  Once contracts have been awarded, TfL has rigorous processes in place to ensure its contracted services operate safely, holding contractors to account for their safety and operational performance and working with them to continue to improve.  Furthermore, transport operators are subject to national regulation on safety, and independent scrutiny from the Office of Rail and Road and other relevant bodies.   

TfL is constantly reviewing and improving its safety management and assurance processes as it works towards my ambitious Vision Zero targets.