Cribble

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6199
Question By: 
David Kurten
Organisation: 
Brexit Alliance Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

How was it possible for Pro Transfer Limited and thus the Cribble app to gain a TfL private hire operating licence, when there are serious questions and concerns about their operating model?

Answers

Answer for Cribble

Answer for Cribble

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response.

Cribble

Cribble

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Pro Transfer Limited is licensed by Transport for London (TfL) as a London private hire vehicle (PHV) operator and in November 2017 it notified TfL of a change to its operating model involving bookings being taken via the Cribble app. However, the change was never put into effect because Pro Transfer Limited decided to end its relationship with Cribble following issues being raised by TfL.

Pro Transfer did add Cribble as a trading name on its licence at the same time as the notification but this was subsequently removed in March 2019 following the concerns raised by TfL.

Cribble is not licensed as a London private hire vehicle operator nor has it applied to TfL for a licence. TfL has advised licensees that, based on its understanding of how the Cribble app works, private hire drivers working via the app would be plying for hire which is unlawful.

For more information, please see the TPH Notice: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/08-03-19-tph-notice-cribble.pdf.