Brighton and Hove City Council has extended Uber’s licence to operate a taxi service in the city for a further six months, but says it will watch the situation on the operator in London.
The council says the decision on the length of the extension was taken to allow it to monitor the outcome of the Transport for London Uber decision, and consider whether any of the information arising from the case had direct implications for its area. It says it also allows the council more time to negotiate with Uber about a number of proposed conditions for operating in its city.
Brighton and Hove says that in making the decision, officers studied reports and written submissions from interested parties. While there was no evidence to suggest that public safety had been compromised, there are a number of concerns, and Uber are working with the council to address these and reassure residents and visitors about their safety.
Under national law, licensed drivers can operate anywhere in the country, so drivers licensed elsewhere are allowed to operate in the city.
“When licensing operators, Brighton & Hove City Council work with them to maintain and enhance standards of safety, which includes trying to ensure that drivers not licenced locally can be as accountable as possible,” the council says in a statement. “We’re working with Uber to ensure safety standards are maintained and address the challenges brought about by technological changes.”
Following the council’s standard procedure for renewing taxi operators’ license renewals, the decision was taken by officers under delegated authority. A decision on the process to look at the license at the end of this six month period will be taken in the new year.