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Licensing decision on Uber London Limited

TfLTPH Notice 13/17

Transport for London (TfL) has today (Friday 22 September) informed Uber London Limited that it will not be issued with a private hire operator licence after expiry of its current licence on 30 September.

TfL’s regulation of London’s taxi and private hire trades is designed to ensure passenger safety. Private hire operators must meet rigorous regulations, and demonstrate to TfL that they do so, in order to operate. TfL must also be satisfied that an operator is fit and proper to hold a licence.

TfL has concluded that Uber London Limited is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence.important information for private hire drivers

Uber London Limited remains a licensed private hire operator until its licence expires on 30 September.

The Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998 includes provision to appeal a licensing decision within 21 days of it being communicated to the applicant. Uber London Limited can continue to operate until any appeal processes have been exhausted, and licenced drivers can continue to drive for them as they can for any other licensed private hire operator.

Our reasons for not issuing a new private hire operator licence to Uber TfL considers that Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications. These include:

• Its approach to reporting serious criminal offences.

• Its approach to how medical certificates are obtained.

• Its approach to how Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are obtained.

• Its approach to explaining the use of Greyball in London, software that could be used to block regulatory bodies from gaining full access to the  app and prevent officials from undertaking regulatory or law enforcement duties.

Helen Chapman
General Manager
London Taxi and Private Hire

22 September 2017

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