'Uber has been put on notice' - statement on the report of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing

24 Sep 2018
Commenting on the report of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing, published today by the Department for Transport, Frank Field MP said:

‘The House of Commons debate, in which the previous Minister announced the creation of this Group, centred on the pay, working conditions and living standards of taxi and private hire drivers.

‘This report addresses each of those important points. In doing so, it puts forward sound recommendations to tackle the downward pressures on drivers’ pay and to restore the integrity of the National Living Wage – the cornerstone of the Government’s labour market policy – while ensuring decent working conditions for drivers are at the heart of what it means to be a ‘fit and proper’ operator.

‘The implementation of these recommendations, alongside many others in this report, will perform a crucial role of constructing minimum standards upon which the taxi and private hire industry can continue to thrive and innovate – in my view, operators like Uber will need to initiate major improvements in their drivers’ pay and conditions if they are to be deemed ‘fit and proper’. The company has been put on notice by this report.

‘I will be seeking a further debate once the House of Commons returns from recess, to encourage the Government to safeguard drivers’ living standards by putting this report into action. In the meantime, individual licensing authorities have an important part to play by following New York’s lead in using their licensing policies to guarantee living wage rates for drivers.’