Uber passed London regulator's inspections ten times before ban

By midian182 ยท 9 replies
Sep 25, 2017
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  1. Friday brought the surprising news that the Transport for London (TfL) Authority wouldn’t allow Uber to renew its private operator’s license in the city, thereby threatening to remove the US firm's operations from the UK's capital. But it’s been revealed that TfL gave Uber the “green light” to continue working in London on ten previous occasions, according to The Times.

    In last week's statement, the TfL said it rejected Uber’s renewal application because the company is not “fit and proper” to hold a license. The regulator said the ride-hailing firm’s “approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues.”

    But data released under the Freedom of Information Act in July shows that inspectors found nothing amiss during the ten times they visited the company over the last four years. The only issue that arose came in 2016, which the TfL said was outside of Uber’s control and that the firm took “all reasonable steps” to address the problem.

    Uber has said that it isn’t clear exactly why London’s transport regulator refused it a new license.

    “Sitting down with TfL (Transport for London) representatives as soon as possible would be the most helpful thing to really understand their concerns to work out what they are,” Uber’s UK Head of Cities Fred Jones told BBC radio. “It’s just not clear for us what their concerns might be.”

    While Uber is allowed to continue its operations in London during the appeals process, the threat of 40,000 drivers losing their jobs and the effect the ban would have on London residents has seen the launch of a petition to stop Uber being removed from the city. So far, it has gained almost 740,000 signatures as it closes in on its target of 1 million supporters.

    Following the ban, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement: "I fully support TfL's decision - it would be wrong if TfL continued to license Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoners' safety and security."

    News that Uber passed ten previous inspections has led to accusations that the ban was politically motivated. Mayor Khan says he was not involved in the decision, but recent revelations that his election campaign received £30,000 (around $40,500) from the cab drivers’ union GMB, which has an resentful relationship toward Uber, doesn’t look good.

    “He [Khan] appears to have put narrow political interests ahead of the interests of the wider general public,' said Croydon South Tory MP Chris Philp.

    Uber said it is ready to make concessions involving passenger safety and drivers’ benefits if it means resolving the situation. “While we haven’t been asked to make any changes, we’d like to know what we can do,” Tom Elvidge, Uber’s general manager in London, told The Times. “But that requires a dialogue we sadly haven’t been able to have recently.”

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,890   +1,274

    So it sounds like a political agenda. Before I read this, I thought it was going to be related to concerns of terrorist events that have happened in the past.
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,112   +2,604

    Purely politics. I laughed when I heard that their regular taxi's had cut fare's by 50% in order to compete, but once the ban was announced they immediately raised them back to the old level. Appears that the local politics are not keeping tabs with rates & fares and allowing the locals to take advantage of the every day person, thus the popularity of Uber. And what is going to stop a terrorist from using a regular cab?
    Reehahs likes this.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,280

    It's painfully obvious it's political. Uber's problem is that they either aren't bribing the right people or the bribes are woefully inadequate for their liking. They should've learned by now that you can't negotiate with politicians, they don't have the brain capacity to understand such tedious and complex things, you have to pay them to simplify things down to their level of comprehension.
  5. Bubbajim

    Bubbajim TS Evangelist Posts: 391   +342

    Just about the only thing people are bringing up as a reason for Uber being banned here is that there have been reports of sexual assaults in Uber cars. In 2015/16 it was between 30-40. Ok, fair enough, that's obviously a bad thing. So let's return to the good old Black Cabs, shall we? Err no, because in 2015/2016 there were more than 120 reports of sexual assaults in them.

    Three times less safe, but sure, this is definitely for safety concerns. Thanks TfL.
    ForgottenLegion, Reehahs and Burty117 like this.
  6. BadThad

    BadThad TS Booster Posts: 176   +87

    European politics, end of story. While the UK is undergoing BREXIT, they have been corrupted by the EU bureaucrats method of doing business - by stealing companies profits via fines and lawsuits. Liberal EU politicians are professional extortion artists who maintain their salaries and coffers by legal theft.

    Liberalism is a DISGUSTING and FOUL life philosophy focused on big, powerful governments and the removal of liberty from citizens in favor of control and wealth confiscation.
  7. Bubbajim

    Bubbajim TS Evangelist Posts: 391   +342

    I'm not sure what you think liberalism means, but this is far from a liberal decision. This is an authoritarian move, the antithesis of actual liberalism.
    Kenrick likes this.
  8. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Evangelist Posts: 630   +403

    Shady or not, this is a loss for ordinary commuters.
  9. ForgottenLegion

    ForgottenLegion TS Maniac Posts: 220   +217

    Politicians. The cancer of the modern world.
  10. erickmendes

    erickmendes TS Evangelist Posts: 404   +168

    It's happening here in Brasil too... those cab drivers create real mobs.

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