Transport for London has decided to issue Uber’s subsidiary in London with a two-month private hire operator licence while it considers any further licensing application.
It says the new two-month licence will have the same conditions that Uber London Ltd has been subject to over the last 15 months, along with new conditions to ensure passenger safety. TfL’s original decision not to license ULL has led to the app-based firm improving its culture and governance. TfL is requesting additional material from ULL and this additional information will help inform any future licensing decision.
A TfL spokesperson said: “Uber London Limited has been granted a two-month private hire operator licence to allow for scrutiny of additional information that we are requesting ahead of consideration of any potential further licensing application.”
The decision has been criticised by the GMB Union which says Uber has had ‘more chances than a game of monopoly’ after the company’s licence extension.
Steve Garelick, GMB Regional Officer said, “A two month licence extension is no good for anyone – it leaves uncertainty for drivers and passengers, meanwhile Uber still operates an unsafe model on the streets of London.
“Transport for London has simple kicked the can down the road and show no regard for driver or public safety.”