Nov 03 2017

TfL Says Uber is “not fit to hold a licence” – so why is Harrow Council encouraging use?

Just when you think things couldn’t be any less competent at Harrow Council, it comes to light that despite Transport for London saying that “Uber London Limited is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence” that the council is still advertising, nay, encouraging, the use of Uber.

TfL made it’s lack of love for Uber well know, when it said:

“Transport for London (TfL) has today (Friday 22 September) informed Uber London Limited that it will not be issued with a private hire operator licence after expiry of its current licence on 30 September.”

A screen shot of the Council’s advertising copy is here (referral code blurred out):

It went on:

“TfL has concluded that Uber London Limited is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence. TfL considers that Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications.”

In fact, TfL specifically calls out what it is upset about:

  • Uber’s approach to reporting serious criminal offences.
  • Uber’s approach to how medical certificates are obtained.
  • Uber’s approach to how Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are obtained.
  • Uber’s approach to explaining the use of Greyball in London – software that could be used to block regulatory bodies from gaining full access to the app and prevent officials from undertaking regulatory or law enforcement duties.

None of those issues, which TfL thought were of such significant seriousness to cause them to refuse to issue a PH licence, seem to worry Harrow Council, who continue to advertise the Uber service it the weekly Harrow Deals newsletter.

So why does Harrow Council ignore TfL’s concerns? Is someone, somewhere at the council, making money out of this continued advertising?


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1 comment

  1. Sonoo Malkani

    Not wise for Harrow Council to continue to advertise Uber’s services when TFL have denied them a licence for reasons listed above.How can we afford to ignore the advice from the Mayor of London’s office and place our citizens possibly in harm’s way?

    Once they have complied with the conditions stated above they should be allowed to get back to work,NOT before.

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