ELEVEN MEMBERS of parliament have written to Transport for London (TfL) demanding the cab regulator refuse to grant Uber a new five year private hire operator’s licence when their temporary four month permit runs out at the end of September.
The letter, written by Ilford North MP Wes Streeting, as chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Taxis (APPG), is addressed to TfL Commissoner Mike Brown and claims that Uber has fallen below the standard expected of a licensed operator.
We write to you as Members of Parliament from across London to urge TfL not to relicence Uber. The safety of Londoners must be at the forefront of decisions taken about the taxi and private hire industry in our capital city and we do not believe that Uber has shown itself to be a fit and proper operator.
Police figures show that an allegation of rape or sexual assault is made against Uber drivers every 11 days and the Metropolitan Police have expressed concern that Uber is; ‘Allowing situations to develop that clearly affect the safety and security of the public. Not least by failing to report all alleged offences so police so that they can be properly investigated’.
Members of the APPG who signed the Ilford North MP’s letter to TfL include: Tom Brake (Liberal Democrat), Clive Efford (Labour), Eleanor Laing (Conservative), David Lammy (Labour), Theresa Pearce (Labour), Joan Ryan (Labour) Virendra Sharma (Labour) Charles Walker (Conservative).