Lawless Uber about to face a massive crackdown and quite right too!

The regulations suggested by the LTDA that were submitted to TfL were accepted in their entirety and now Uber is facing regulation that will radically alter some of its key features. A consultation will now take place at TfL.   Stand firm Boris, was the cry from the LTDA to our Mayor. cabhansomThe PH proposals

TfL is consulting on 25 proposals for private hire companies – several of which could seriously affect Uber:

1. Operators “must provide booking confirmation details to the passenger at least five minutes prior to the journey”  Uber matches passengers with the nearest riders, meaning they are picked up in, on average, three minutes.
2. Companies “must not show vehicles being available for immediate hire either visibly or virtually via an app”  One of Uber’s key features is a map of available drivers in the area around the passenger.
3. Operators “must offer a facility to pre-book up to seven days in advance”  This option that would create major headaches for Uber, since it does not allow passengers to pre-book rides.
4. Drivers may only work for one operator at a time Uber says many of its drivers are part-time workers whose main employer is a traditional minicab firm.
5. There should be “controls on ridesharing in public vehicles”. Uber’s chief executive Travis Kalanick has said he wants to bring the UberPool service to London, which allows several customers to share a car.

Naturally Uber are steaming.

“These bureaucratic new rules will not improve your ride,” said Jo Bertram, Uber’s general manager for the UK, Ireland and Nordics.

“They’re designed to address the concerns of black cab drivers, who feel under pressure from increased competition.”

No Jo, black cab drivers feel under pressure from unfair competition. A highly combustible situation has developed. because quite rightly, black cab drivers, the gold standard of cabbing,  felt under a massive disadvantage. 99% of black cab drivers bore all the worry like angels.  They were heroically polite and reasonable, coping with grace and dignity, although deeply worried at the way their trade was being affected.

Now many of those wrongs will be righted if these changes go through. There is not one person in London who is not rooting for the changes, because they represent balance and fairness for a trade that throughout centuries has served London well.  London is the number one city in the world, with standards.  The Mayor is determined to maintain those standards.

A history of the black cab trade is here.

3 responses to “Lawless Uber about to face a massive crackdown and quite right too!

  1. Please sign the Uber petition here: https://action.uber.org/tfl

    • Steve, I’m sorry,I support the black cab drivers, I always have. They have been in London for centuries, they have a gold standard reputation for reliability, safety and knowledge.

      There is a place for Uber in London, but they cannot expect no regulation, London is the no. 1 city in the world, this city has standards that must be preserved.

  2. Pingback: Uber under global attack for lawlessness, as Boris gets tough | CYBERBORISjohnson

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