Supreme Court ruling on Uber drivers

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered at on 12 July 2021.

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

The Supreme Court ruling on the 19 February 2021 stated that the employment tribunal was entitled to find the time spent by claimants for Uber was not limited (as Uber argued) to periods when they were actually driving passengers to their destinations, but included any period when the driver was logged into the Uber app within the territory in which the driver was licensed to operate and was ready and willing to accept trips.

Please set out in detail how TfL is seeking to ensure this legal ruling is fully enforced and what steps it is taking to monitor its enforcement.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

As I said at the time of the ruling, I welcome the Supreme Court decision. Gig economy workers deserve the same rights as other workers.

However, I am aware that, as the licensing authority and regulator of taxi and private hire services, Transport for London (TfL) does not have the ability to stipulate the employment terms and conditions used by private hire operators.

As has been demonstrated by the Supreme Court decision, drivers have a clear legal recourse through the employment tribunals system if they consider an employer is not playing by the rules.

TfL brought this ruling to the attention of licensees in TPH Notice 05/21.