PRIVATE HIRE drivers working on the Uber app will no longer be able to receive bookings while parked in villages near to Heathrow Airport.
Geo-fencing technology has been installed to stop drivers picking up fares while parked just outside the airport’s perimeter fence after complaints about Uber drivers blocking streets, throwing rubbish and urinating and defecating in the gardens of residents.
Heathrow Airport’s chief executive John Holland-Kaye said:
Uber and other minicab companies have expanded phenomenally and started to cause a real issue in our local communities.
“We have had Uber drivers parking in people’s driveways, leaving their rubbish in gardens and accusing huge amount of local distress because they are trying to get as close as possible to the airport to pick up a ride.
“We don’t control the private hire vehicles but I feel that we have a responsibility to local communities to do right by them.”
Tom Elvidge, general manager of Uber in London, said: “Uber is a popular choice for passengers who want to travel safely and affordably to and from Heathrow.
“We have stopped booking requests going to any Uber-aprtners parked in residential streets around Heathrow.”