Uber and the LTDA will be questioned by MPs tomorrow on, amongst other things, the new tougher regulations for Uber that have been proposed by the LTDA, TfL and Boris Johnson.
CityAM reported: “Later last month, business secretary Sajid Javid told the business committee that TfL’s proposals were “heavy handed” and not in the interest of consumers.
“TfL is perfectly within its rights to review transport related issues in London. I think what is going to be a big test is: does the review come out on the side of ordinary Londoners that want choice, they value competition,” Javid said at the time, adding: “From my own point of view, I’m not interested in heavy handed regulation. I want to make sure that consumers are put first.”
Sajid Javid in saying he wants to make sure consumers are put first is being disingenuous. How can it possibly be in the interests of consumers for Uber drivers to skimp criminal checks and sometimes not even have proper insurance? How can it be in the interest of consumers for some Uber drivers to be so exhausted, they fall asleep at the wheel?
That popular cheap fare is based on criminality, and it is not in the interests of the consumer for their safety to be at risk.
Secondly, there are far too many PHVs on the road. The capital is gridlocked, when will enough be enough?
None of this things is in any way to the advantage of the consumer. Sajid Javid is not being honest when he pretends otherwise.