I am sure most of you PCO drivers would have heard of the refusal of TfL to renew the licence of UBER. Unfortunately from the outset this does not seem like a good move for the thousands of PCO drivers which are working with UBER to earn a living.
The London Mayor Sadiq Khan has also got involved and has said that “All companies in London must play by the rules and adhere to the high standards we expect – particularly when it comes to the safety of customers.” However he also said in the same statement “I have every sympathy with Uber drivers and customers affected by this decision.
From this it is evident that UBER needs to fix some issues and once these are fixed then there should be no reason for TfL to not reinstate UBER’s licence. Recently Theresa May also got involved and stood up for the 40,000 drivers who are currently making a living off of the app and she described the ban as “disproportionate”.
UBER’s CEO has come out and said that UBER will do whatever it needs to do to make sure that the licence is renewed and they will appeal the decision. It has even become so important to UBER that their new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi will be coming to London to meet with the city’s transport commissioner. Uber has put out a statement saying that “Our new CEO is looking forward to meeting with the commissioner next week. As he said on Monday, we want to work with London to make things right.”
This all makes for good reading if you are an UBER driver and you depend on the business to make ends meet for you and your family.
Keep your eyes peeled and hopefully after next week when the CEO of UBER has had his meeting then all will become a lot clearer for PCO drivers.