Are some Uber Eats and Deliveroo drivers working illegally?

It has been revealed that Deliveroo and Uber Eats couriers have been renting out their jobs to “illegal immigrants” via the internet. The Daily Mail has reported that couriers from both companies are advertising their jobs on social media, allowing others to then operate on their respective platforms, without performing any form of checks on any given individual. It has been alleged that individuals are being shipped in from abroad, which may include illegal immigrants, and are then using other registered drivers accounts for payment. Couriers are allowed to sub-let their account, provided that adequate identity checks are performed, however whilst Deliveroo and Uber Eats do ask for proof of identification, a proof of the right to work in the UK and a valid driving license, Deliveroo do not ask for confirmation of this and Uber Eats ask for proof to be submitted within 24 hours. According to a Times investigation It is believed that Deliveroo are aware of the situation, and have been for several months. It was reported that in one Uber/Deliveroo social media group, a courier was advertising a job with both Uber and Deliveroo for between £60 and £70 on each platform. The right for a driver to be able to be substituted is a legal requirement according to Uber Eats, whilst Deliveroo have stated that the allegations are unproven. 

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