Petition to revoke UBER's Private Operator Licence in Southampton.

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Southampton’s Hackney Carriage and Private Hire drivers are petitioning Southampton City Council to revoke UBER’s operator licence in Southampton on the grounds of not complying with the rules and regulation stipulated in the T&C for Southampton Private Hire Operator Licence or with the current legislation for Taxi and private hire vehicle licensing in England & Wales. There are changes to cross-border hiring as stipulated in section 11 of the 2015 Act, however the Commission clearly recommended that  “a power for the licensing authority in whose area the infraction occurred to propose an appropriate sanction to the home authority as well as to suspend a licence temporarily”. 

Here are some of the PH operator conditions that UBER not only ignores but clearly overrules:

-        ”Private hire vehicles may only be pre-booked, and may not be hailed in the street or stand and ply for hire”. UBER drivers have been advised to rank in busy places with potential customers without any pre-bookings. 

-        “the front doors of licensed private hire vehicles to be clearly marked with an adhesive sign indicating that the vehicle is licensed and bearing the name and telephone number of the operator - magnetic signs are not acceptable under any circumstances”. UBER drivers licensed by Southampton City Council as well as neighbouring authorities do not use adhesive signs. 

-         “both licenced car and driver must be subject to the control of a operator licensed by that same authority”. By encouraging their drivers to rank in busy places and pick up fares without bookings, clearly shows UBER not having any control over their cars and drivers.



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