Taxi and Private Hire Trade (3)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 3rd October 2019.

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Photo of David Kurten David Kurten Brexit Alliance

On 24 June 2018, Andrew Gilligan wrote in The Sunday Times that Uber had investigated 1,100 drivers for serious offences: how many of those drivers had been assessed by TfL as being fit and proper to hold a private hire driver’s licence? What measures have TfL introduced in the year since Uber investigated its own drivers for serious offences?1

1https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/uber-investigates-1-100-drivers-for-serious-offences-zpqwlthgg

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

All applicants must satisfy Transport for London (TfL) that they are a fit and proper person to be licensed as a London private hire vehicle (PHV) driver at the time of licensing.  If TfL subsequently receives information of an adverse nature regarding a London PHV driver (either from an operator or by other means) then that information is carefully considered to confirm that driver is still a fit and proper person.

Applicants undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check prior to licensing and the check is then assessed by TfL before a licensing decision is made.

Guidance for London PHV operators on when and how to inform TfL and the police of alleged or suspected criminal conduct is provided here: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/guidance-on-reporting-crime.pdf.