techUK comment on TfL Uber announcement

Commenting on TfL's announcement on Uber's London licence, techUK Deputy CEO Antony Walker said:

"Ridesharing platforms such as Uber have become a vital part of London’s transport mix, providing Londoners with flexible transport solutions that have become essential for everyday life.

Over 45,000 drivers and millions of riders rely on Uber to provide flexible, convenient and affordable journeys across the capital every day. Nearly half of London households no longer own their own car, with on-demand services like Uber providing a flexible alternative for those journeys and tasks that require a car at any time of day.

Whether it’s a family taking a child to A&E at night, a couple moving home, a disabled person on their regular commute, or a safe and convenient ride home after a night out, ride hailing apps like Uber have become an essential service for Londoners.

TfL’s announcement will be a concern for these customers who tend to rely more in Uber to get them around the city at this time of year, but will also place a cloud over the drivers who depend upon Uber for their livelihoods. Londoners will want to see this dispute resolved quickly to keep London moving.

We urge all parties to work together to find a resolution that supports innovation, further strengthens safety provisions for users and provides reassurance to countless people who rely on Uber to travel and sustain their livelihoods."

 

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