Clampdown on Uber and minicab drivers

Small victories sought on the 17th March 2016 as all barring one of Boris Johnson’s proposals to TFL are approved however many feel that this is still not enough.

The main points of focus that have been approved are that drivers will be required to take a basic English language and “Knowledge-lite” style test before being able to drive in the capital, along with minicab drivers having more strenuous insurance requirements.

Steve McNamara, General Secretary of the London Taxi Drivers’ Association (LDTA), said the changes did not go far enough.

He went on further to advise  “TfL has wasted a huge opportunity to improve standards within the private hire industry for the benefit of drivers, passengers and other road users.

“The review of private hire regulations was aimed at improving passenger safety, and most of the proposals were sensible and endorsed by the LTDA.

“We are pleased TfL has committed to taking some of them forward, but as result of undue influence, TfL has not gone anywhere far enough.

“Introducing Hire and Reward operator insurance is the only way to categorically ensure that all passengers travelling in a private hire vehicle (PHV) in London are covered in the event of an accident.

“The failure to take this proposal forward means uninsured PHVs will continue to operate in the capital, putting Londoners at risk. The next mayor needs to address this issue as a matter of priority.”