Transport Matters

Unite welcomes London Uber licence decision

Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union has welcomed the decision of Transport for London (TfL) not to renew Uber’s licence in the capital.

Jim Kelly, chair of Unite’s London and Eastern cab section, said: “Unite welcomes the decision of TfL not to renew Uber’s licence as there remains fundamental problems in the way the company operates, particularly issues around passenger safety.

 “All the taxi trade wants is a level playing field.

 “Uber’s DNA is about driving down standards and creating a race to the bottom which is not in the best interests of professional drivers or customers.

 “Uber has a history of undermining licencing regimes. In particular there is growing concern about how Uber has also allowed drivers to become licenced in one area and then operate in areas where they are not licenced.

 “In order to protect the public and to ensure standards are maintained it is essential that TfL follows this decision with stricter licencing of private hire operators and apps.

 “This is the only way that public safety and confidence in the service can be maintained and the pay and conditions of professional drivers can be preserved.”

 TfL has alleged that in the past year there could have been up to 14,000 potentially fraudulent Uber journey’s in London.

ENDS

Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.

Email: barckley.sumner@unitetheunion.org

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.

 

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