Uber lashes out against new driver proposals
Taxi app Uber has lashed out against planned proposals affecting cab drivers. Transport for London (TFL) is set to launch a consultation for a series of measures on private hire in the capital.
The new rules will allegedly include an imposed wait time of at least five minute before the start of a journey for operators to provide booking confirmation details.
“We are launching a public consultation in order to inform and improve the regulations that govern the capital’s private hire trade,” Garrett Emmerson, TfL chief operating officer for surface transport, told the Guardian.
“No final decisions have been made and we’re keen to hear a range of views from the trade and from Londoners, too.”
Drivers will also have to pass a English language test, map reading assessment, have a fixed landline and the option to book up to seven days in advance, according to documents leaked to the BBC.
Uber is urging its customers to sign a petition and said the new rules “will mean an end to the Uber you know and love today”.
“TfL also wants to restrict carpooling, including new services like uberPOOL,” the company said in a statement on its website.
“This enables people going in the same direction to share a car, cutting the cost of the trip as well as congestion on London’s streets. And the proposed rules threaten drivers’ livelihoods by forcing them to drive for just one operator.”
It added: “We understand that black cab drivers are feeling the pressure from services like Uber.
“But the answer is to level the playing field by reducing today’s burdensome black cab regulations, not to introduce rules that will be bad for riders, drivers and London.”