Mr Steve Burton
Head of Compliance,TFL
Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998
Dear Mr Burton,
I write to you concerning the above Act, and in particular section 11, prohibition of taximeters.
I wish to bring to your attention the following points: Section 11 (1) states that “No vehicle to which a London PHV Licence relates shall be equipped with a taximeter” a device for calculating the fare to be charged in respect of any journey by reference to the distance travelled or time elapsed since the start of the journey (or a combination of both)
Uber ( https: www.uber.com/cities/London) advertise their charges as a “base fare” of £3 and then either £0.32p per minute if below 11mph, or £1.75 a mile if above 11mph, the time and distance being calculated via the app on the Uber drivers smartphone.
It is my strong belief that the drivers using the Uber app are indeed in breach of section 11, at a trade meeting on 4th February I discussed Uber with the Mayor and also with Isabel Dedring and also showed them a Uber app receipt on my iPhone.
The Mayor agreed with me that the way Uber charge their passengers is indeed by using a meter, albeit on a smart-phone.
I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.