The news that Uber has won its appeal against Transport for London's (TfL) decision not to renew its licence is ‘a sad day for the travelling public in London’, Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Monday 28 September).

Unite, which represents nearly a 1,000 taxi cab drivers in the capital, was commenting on the ruling by Westminster magistrates court that Uber was now ‘fit and proper’ to hold an operator’s licence. Uber operates in more than 60 countries across the globe.

Chair of the Unite London taxi section Jim Kelly said: “This is a sad day for the travelling public in London and another blow to the taxi drivers in the capital.

“It is our view that Uber has a ruthless business model that undermines safety and long-established regulations and now they have got the green light to continue operating in London which is very disappointing.

“Our members have high standards of training and knowledge. They are trusted by the travelling public – but all that apparently counts for nothing in the pursuit of corporate profit.

“We will need to study the court ruling in detail before commenting further. We will be discussing this with Transport for London (TfL) and with London’s mayor Sadiq Khan to explore what can be done to mitigate this decision.

“This is devastating news for our nearly 1,000 taxi drivers in London and further threatens their income which has already been badly hit by Covid-19 which has seen tourists shy away from the UK and many office staff continuing to work from home.

“I genuinely fear for the future of taxis in London, whose history stretches back to hackney coaches in the 1630s.”


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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.