Private Hire Drivers claim Uber are being given an easier ride than other operators by local council

Bolton Council have been accused of operating a “two tier” private hire operating system by drivers who oppose the “many exceptions” made for controversial ride-hailing app Uber, one driver has said. As reported in the Bolton News, private-hire operators are required to have a licensed premises within the borough, but private hire drivers claim Uber’s office at Flexspace has been vacant for several months. The ride-hailing firm have been operating in Bolton since 2015 and according to the report by Bolton News, there has been no inspections undertaken of Uber in any way similar to what other operators undergo. It’s also claimed that Uber drivers themselves want the office to be open, with reports of having to travel to Manchester in order to complete some paperwork. Members of Bolton Private Hire Association want Uber to have someone present at the offices so drivers can do their paperwork there and have someone face-to-face to assist. Uber claims that it meets the requirements of having an office in the borough which consists with the address on its licence.  

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