Boris Johnson claim of Uber drivers break the law is baseless
Uber drivers can not play for hire by law as they are private hire licensed cars. In addition the mayor says .” Uber drivers illegally loitering in certain areas and plying for hire – cruising in search of passengers,, we have found out that uber cars has to stay within designated radius to receive a job In Hounslow/Heathrow. The way it works is if a driver wants to pick up from Heathrow he/she must join a queue there and job will be allocated first come first out. Once they got a customer they have to go to the Airport car park car park and inform the customer that they will be coming to the car park not the Pickup area. Uber has email all their drivers and warn them that they will not be receiving a job if they wait in some certain place within a Hounslow area instead They advise them to park in the public car parks, located in that area. Therefore an Uber driver will not be able to cruise near London Airports in search of passengers
Boris says; they [Uber] are breaking the law in lots of minor ways, but we don’t have the numbers in the private hire enforcement office to enforce it.” He said this included Uber drivers illegally loitering in certain areas and plying for hire – cruising in search of passengers.
Mr. Johnson also held the app responsible for growing congestion in London, saying minicabs had been “growing in number phenomenally”, and repeated calls for a cap on how many minicab licences TfL can issue.
“They’re unquestionably aggravating the traffic,” he said;
However,Uber is threatened by TfL’s proposals, which include a minimum five-minute wait between ordering a minicab and a journey starting, and banning apps from showing minicabs that are available for hire – a key feature of Uber.