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
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.