The UK’s GMB Union has called on the practice of ride sharing to be banned for private hire vehicles over safety concerns.
Its London congress has heard claims that it is difficult for drivers to drop off and pick up different people en route without the driver having to interact with his or her mobile phone to accept a booking, because it is illegal to do so while the car is operating.
Steve Garelick, GMB Regional Officer said, “The definition of ride share to put simply as used in the UK is; A mini cab driver can have a number of occupants of the travelling public who don’t know each other in the same vehicle paying a separate fare to the mini cab operator/driver going in the same direction.
“There are clear dangers in terms of claims of physical/sexual assault, political or other disagreement. A passenger may have forgotten their passport but a return for that person could mean another on board may miss their destination flight time.
“These examples will have to be dealt with by the driver who in effect will have to intervene as referee or in a serious incident deal with a person attacking another.”