Leeds Taxi Manager Concerned about Uber
Leeds taxi and private hire licensing manager says the increasing number of out-of-town licensed Uber drivers operating in the city is concerning.
21:41 11 September 2018
Andrew White has voiced his concerns over the growing number of out-of-town licensed Uber drivers operating in the city in a meeting organised to discuss the proposed clean air charging zone in relation to the taxi industry.
The Leeds City Council’s taxi and private hire licensing manager said that he could not pass up the opportunity to raise concerns over the increasing number of Uber drivers operating in the area. He pointed out that the problem stems from the lack of legislation surrounding where a driver must obtain a license and where they are able to pick up work.
London has stopped issuing licences to new applicants this year but this did not stop the influx of drivers who have been granted a licence in other parks of Yorkshire to pick up customers on the streets of Leeds.
White believes that commuters in Leeds who use the Uber app should only see the Leeds-licensed drivers that are available on the app. He explained that the situation has become a major source of frustration for the local trade who work to a high standard and is pushing to improve the problem through the use of new technology.