Uber and private hire services must follow new licensing standards which will see tougher checks on drivers and possibly CCTV cameras installed in
Uber and private hire services must follow new licensing standards which will see tougher checks on drivers and possibly CCTV cameras installed in vehicles. The new Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards are aimed at reducing harm posed to children and vulnerable passengers.
“But in light of appalling incidents in places like Rochdale, Oxford, Newcastle and Rotherham, more must be done to protect passengers from those who abuse their position of trust.
“That’s why we’re looking to licensing authorities to enforce these rigorous new standards, ensuring drivers are fit to transport passengers in a safe environment and to stop those who aren’t.
“We expect all licensing authorities to implement the standards and won’t hesitate to introduce legislation if they don’t fulfil their responsibilities to keep the public safe.”
The report says there is evidence to support the view that private hire vehicles are “high-risk environments”.
The report warns that if data from Greater Manchester and Merseyside Police are applied across England as many as 623 sexual assaults in private hire vehicles are reported.
However they warn this could be just the tip of the iceberg with under reporting of crimes estimated to be as high as 83 percent.
This week, Uber will make a last attempt to overturn a court ruling that its drivers are workers rather than contractors.
The company lost its licence to operate in London after Transport for London considered the firm to have repeated safety failures.
Regulators found the service was not a “fit and proper” licence holder in November 2019 in a major blow.
The company lost its licence in 2017 but was given two extensions to fix issues regarding safety.
The firm can continue to operate during the appeals process but could be forced to stop operating in the capital if the case is lost.
This could affect some 45,000 drivers who are registered with the service across London.
Express.co.uk have contacted Uber for further comment.