"TfL will continue to closely monitor Uber" and "take swift action" if needed says Sadiq Khan

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Following the announcement that Uber has won the right to be re-licensed in the capital, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has said the ride-sharing company will continue to be monitored by Transport for London (TfL) to make sure they meet all licensing requirements.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Public safety is paramount, so TfL was absolutely right not to renew Uber’s licence last November after identifying failures that directly put passengers in danger. I am pleased that Uber have admitted that their response to very real concerns about passenger safety was inadequate, and since then Uber has made improvements.

“I can assure Londoners that TfL will continue to closely monitor Uber and will not hesitate to take swift action should they fail to meet the strict standards required to protect passengers.”

The message was echoed by Alison Moore AM, Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee, who added: “Londoners’ safety must come first. The London Assembly welcomed Transport for London’s decision in 2017 not to renew Uber’s license as it was very concerned about its working practices and wanted to see its working practices and safety record improved. “Following the ruling, TfL will need to ensure that any conditions of the license renewal are strongly enforced, and we will be keeping a close eye on the way Uber operates to ensure it does operate in the fully safe and responsible manner that Londoners deserve.”

The statements come as Deputy Chief Magistrate Tan Ikram yesterday deemed Uber to be a ‘fit and proper person to hold a London Private Hire Vehicle operator’s licence’, despite a number of security breaches from the private hire firm in the past. In November 2019 London’s regulators announced that it would not grant the firm a new private hire operator’s licence following its latest application.

However, upon winning their appeal the ride-hailing giants have been granted a new 18-month licence with 21 conditions devised jointly by TfL and Uber.

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