Everyone must play by the rules says London Mayor as Uber licence renewal deadline looms


Everyone must play by the rules, says Khan as Uber’s licence renewal deadline looms next month. London's Mayor Sadiq Khan said today on LBC Radio: “It would be inappropriate for me during a time we're considering the application from any operator to comment on it and give a running commentary.

"You will know my track record which is standing up to the big boys, and they are boys, and make sure everyone plays by the rules whether you're a big business or whether you're a small business and I don't care how many lawyers you employ or how big your PR budget." On Tuesday, the United Trade Action Group (UTAG) sent the capital’s regulators Transport for London (TfL), a 23 page Legal Submission prepared by their QC and Barrister. Over the 119 sections of the submission, UTAG say they set out the clear reasons why TfL must not renew Uber’s licence next month. A further letter to TfL was said to have been sent yesterday, stating UTAG’s intention to Judicially Review any decision to renew. TfL refused to grant Uber London Limited’s (ULL) application to renew its five-year London Private Hire Vehicle Operator’s Licence back in September 2017. In June 2018, Westminster Magistrates Court overturned TfL’s decision and granted ULL a 15-month probationary licence. The firm argued that it had put a series of measures in place to improve its operation since TfL’s decision was made. 

Image credit: Greater London Assembly (Caroline Teo)

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