TFL Response to Simon Rush on UberPool

We are still awaiting a response on the question of plying when still POB.

From: Blake Peter <@tfl.gov.uk>

Date: 10 December 2015 at 10:45:12 GMT

To: “‘Simon Rush’” <simon.rush@gmbdrivers.org>

Cc: “Chapman Helen (TPH)” <@Tfl.gov.uk>

Subject:RE: UberPool

Dear Simon

Thank you for your email.  I am sorry for not replying sooner.

Firstly, I think it is important to make clear that undertaking ride sharing services using licensed private hire vehicles does not require a separate operator’s licence under current legislation.  Ride sharing is expressly allowed by the 1985 Transport Act, therefore, we have not licensed UberPool separately from Uber’s main operating licence.

This being said, TfL is currently considering to what extent, if any, private hire regulations should be modified in its application to the advance booking of private hire vehicles. It has invited comments on the necessity for changes as part of the ongoing consultation on the review of private hire regulations which I am sure you intend to respond to, if you haven’t done already.  https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/tph/private-hire-proposal

We have made clear to Uber that we expect them to ensure all necessary steps are taken to ensure the safety of passengers, drivers and other road users at all times. Uber have given assurances including in relation to the provision of information and training for passengers and drivers, vehicle tracking, controls on the sharing of data and insurance. Passengers can also continue to provide their comments via the existing feedback function, which we understand will be used to analyse and assess the service.

I understand you are concerned that Uber did not consult with drivers before making changes to their terms and conditions; however, drivers choose which operator (or operators) they work for, and the working terms and conditions they are prepared to accept.

Kind regards

Peter

Peter Blake

Director of Service Operations

Surface Transport

Transport for London

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