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Taxi and Private Hire Trade (7)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 16th March 2020.

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Photo of David Kurten David Kurten Brexit Alliance

Do you believe that app companies are operating on the wrong side of the employment laws, and if so, how are you going ensure that app companies who TfL licence are compliant with all laws?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I’ve always been clear that I believe private hire drivers should be treated fairly, work reasonable hours and be able to earn a decent wage, and I have pushed private hire operators to ensure that drivers are being paid the London Living Wage.

Driver pay and general working conditions were raised in the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle licensing, of which Transport for London (TfL) was an active member. In its response to the Group’s report, the Government made it clear that only the courts can make rulings on employment status.

The Government did state that the decisions of tribunals and whether an operator concerned is complying with a ruling in the way the law requires, should reasonably be considered by a licensing authority as part of the 'fit and proper' test for a Private Hire Vehicle operator. TfL therefore continues to monitor relevant cases that are decided by the courts.