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A STUDY COMMISSIONED by the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) claims that one-in-four Londoners are afraid they will not make it home safely in a minicab.

The YouGuv research says that people living in the capital, “fear a risk to their safety” when they use private hire vehicles between the hours of 12am and 4am.

Fifty per cent of those asked also said they doubted they would be fully insured if they were injured in an accident involving a minicab they were travelling in.

Steve-McNamaraLTDA general secretary Steve McNamara said:

Today’s figures are yet more proof of the need for action to ensure that Londoners feel safe and secure when using a minicab.

Uber’s recent campaign for Transport for London and the mayor of London to water down the overdue and much needed update to private hire regulations shows just how out of touch they are with public opinion.

“The regulator must not only follow through on its proposed changes but must take further action to rise standards across the industry, if it is to fully address the concerns of passengers and offer them and other road users in the capital, proper protection.”

tom-elvidge-uber-londonGeneral manager of Uber London Tom Elvidge said:

More than two million Londoners use Uber on a regular basis because of the convenience and safety the app has brought to the industry.

Uber is not a traditional minicab firm, so it is interesting to note that Uber was not actually mentioned in this poll.

“Uber keeps a record of all drivers’ insurance documents and drivers cannot access the app unless these are in place.

“Uber has helped to raise standards in the private hire industry by using technology to give people more information than ever before.

“From their details of the driver to being able to share a live map of their journey and an electronic receipt showing the route taken.”

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