COST OF UBER
We’re calling on the Mayor not to re-license Uber in London, following the company’s appeal in the courts.
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Email the Mayor of London
Dear Sadiq, I am writing to urge Transport for London, and you in your role as Chair of TfL, not to reconsider giving Uber a licence. Ever since Uber was licensed by TfL five years ago, it has been plagued by controversy directly caused by its illegal activities, tax dodging and absolute disregard for the safety of its own passengers. Ever since Uber first gained a licence to operate in our city, it has shown no respect for our laws, regulations, the livelihoods of its drivers, or the safety of Londoners. It was right that Uber was stripped of its licence to operate. It remains unclear what Uber is doing with its passengers’ data. They’ve tried to hide from TfL using their Greyball software, and there is still no easy way for a person to find out what information Uber is holding on them. The only way to request what data the firm is holding on you is to write a letter to a postal address in the Netherlands. This lack of accountability isn’t good enough. Uber continues to argue that its drivers are “independent contractors”. This allows the firm to continue to under-pay their drivers and deny them rights to holiday and sick pay. On top of this, it allows Uber to dodge paying millions worth of VAT on Uber journeys. Most importantly, Uber is still putting the safety of London’s public at risk. The firm has challenged every attempt by TfL to better regulate the private hire vehicle trade and protect passengers in the courts. Its drivers are barely trained and checked and risk the safety of their passengers and other road users. Uber’s new CEO may have admitted mistakes and promised to change, but ultimately they way their run their business and operate their service will not change. I urge you to continue to fight Uber in court as it challenges TfL’s decision not to allow them to continue to operate in London, and to recommend that TfL refuses them a license if the court hands the decision back. Uber may seem cheap, but Londoners know the real cost. Many thanks
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