2017-08-20 09:59:30 UTC
Almost two-thirds of people accused of minicab driving offences in London
work for Uber, according to police.
In internal emails obtained by The Sunday Times, Inspector Neil Billany,
head of the Metropolitan police’s taxi and private hire unit, said 62% of
all alleged minicab driving offences over the previous month had involved
the company’s drivers. Uber employs only about a third of London’s minicab
The offences include causing death by dangerous driving, careless driving,
drink-driving, driving without insurance and speeding.
In the emails, written on July 7, Billany said he had “concerns with Uber
as an operator”, adding: “I am seeing an increasing amount of my team’s
workload relating directly to them . . . there seems to be a disconnect
between them taking responsibility for their drivers, their driving
standards and the condition of their vehicles.” Of the 128 private hire
drivers reported to police over the previous four weeks, 79 were working
for Uber, Billany said, with “many” of their alleged offences “relating
directly to road safety”.
Over a longer period, from May 1 to July 16, just over half of all minicab
traffic offences were committed by Uber drivers. Uber claimed last night
that the figures were “proportional” to the number of its drivers. However,
only about 40,000 of London’s 117,000 licensed private hire drivers — 34% —
work for the company.