Ride-hailing Apps (2)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 6th August 2019.

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Photo of David Kurten David Kurten Brexit Alliance

Given that ‘ride-hailing’ is not legally defined, do you classify ride-hailing app operators as ply-for-hire or pre-booked?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Alongside TfL, I have repeatedly called for a statutory definition of “plying for hire” and “pre-booked” services to remove any ambiguity and clearly define the difference between taxi and private hire services.  A statutory definition would also provide greater clarity for licensees, regulators and users of those services. The Department for Transport-commissioned Taxi and Private Hire Task and Finish Group report, written by the Independent Chair Professor Mohammed Abdel-Haq also highlighted the need for statutory definitions. It is disappointing that the Government is not taking this forward and I urge them to think again. I welcome the support of the Assembly in lobbying Government on this matter.