Police complaints meant Uber could not get an easy ride
CROYDON COMMENTARY: London taxis have been highly regulated, to protect passengers and other road-users, for centuries. Then Uber came along. CHRISTIAN WOLMAR says that concerns from the Met left TfL with little choice
The non-renewal of Uber’s licence is the first step in what is bound to be a long legal battle and has come as something of a surprise. Transport for London has long been accused of being supine in relation to Uber, ignoring its numerous contraventions of the regulations and complaining that its hands were tied.
Uber sloppiness and its light-touch oversight of its drivers has now proved too much even for TfL’s relaxed regulators. The most publicised Uber failing was its reluctance to report criminal offences by its drivers, something which attracted criticism from the Metropolitan Police. The company seemed to be ready to report minor misdemeanours while ignoring assaults on female passengers.
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