A group of MPs have called for Uber to be stripped of its license to operate in London, following the ride hailing firm’s well-documented controversies.
In a letter written to Transport for London (TfL), Labour MP Wes Streeting, who is chair of the All Parliamentary Group on Taxis, urges the organisation not to re-license Uber when its current license expires at the end of the month. The letter has the signatures of Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs.
“The safety of Londoners must be at the forefront of decisions taken about the taxi and private hire industry in our capital city,” the letter reads. “We do not believe that Uber has shown itself to be a fit and proper operator.”
The cross-party group of MPs point out that police figures show there is an allegation of rape or sexual assault against Uber drivers every 11 days. These figures are the subject of growing concerns around public safety for both the MPs and the Metropolitan Police.
In addition, the letter points to the low rate of pay that some Uber drivers get and says, “it is deeply regrettable that Uber had to be dragged through the courts by the GMB trade union to force the company to accept its obligations as an employer to pay drivers at least the minimum wage, as well as holiday pay, sick pay and other statutory entitlements available to employees.”
The letter, which also addresses the fairness of competition and the illegal practices of some Uber drivers, closes by asking to TfL to consider following in the footsteps of cities in the US, Canada, Australia, Italy, Denmark, Germany, Bulgaria and Hungary by not renewing Uber’s license.