The local trade in Brighton & Hove are calling for a review of the Operator’s Licence held by Uber Britannia Ltd in the City.
As a potential visitor and possible user of taxis/private hire cabs in the city you are entitled to support the petition.
In Brighton & Hove Uber Britannia stated to the council that it would only use Brighton & Hove licensed vehicles in order to gain their Operators Licence. Since they started operating the opposite has been the case.
Uber Britannia has openly encouraged vehicles from all over the country to descend on the City. Hundreds of minicabs from London & cabs from Reigate, Havant, Portsmouth, Southampton, Cambridgeshire & other areas now work in the city every week. The council has no authority to check these vehicles & drivers on demand under ‘Enforcement’ nor do they comply with the Council`s high standards.
The statements in the council documents below infer the council were swayed by the commitment by Uber Britannia to only use Brighton & Hove licensed vehicles in the city and should now be held accountable to their word.
Uber Britania Operators Licence Application Minutes October 19 2015: Also that measures which would be undertaken to ensure prior to engagement to their “platform” all prospective drivers had submitted relevant and up to date documentation and that all information received would be processed in the city of Brighton and Hove . Further that they would only use drivers already licenced by Brighton or Hove or those that would in due course be licenced by the authority”
Brighton & Hove City Council letter to Uber Britannia October 26 2015: “Issues were raised in relation to the approach of Uber to assuring that their drivers are meeting all regulatory requirements. We were reassured by Uber’s explanation that measures would be undertaken to ensure that prior to engagement to their “platform” all prospective drivers have submitted relevant and up to date documentation, and that all information received would be processed in the city of Brighton and Hove. Further we were told that Uber would only use drivers already licenced by Brighton and Hove, or those that will in due course be licenced by this authority".
The Brighton & Hove cab trade is compelled to abide by many conditions of licensing (including CCTV & Wheelchair accessible vehicles) that are outlined in the council’s ‘Blue Book of Hackney Carriage & Private Hire Licensing Conditions’ which is there for the protection of the public.
Additionally Uber Britannia has no facility to provide wheelchair accessible vehicles in the city.
It is very clear that Uber Britannia had no intention of keeping to their word and the council must review the Uber Britannia Operators Licence & compel it to only use Brighton & Hove licensed vehicles in the city
The Brighton & Hove Cab Trade Supports the National Day of Action on May 23
IT'S NOT ABOUT COMPETITION.....
....IT'S ABOUT PUBLIC SAFETY!
Uber Britannia Ltd finally admits that it is a 'Private Hire Operator' in Brighton & Hove' See full documents Here
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Rolling Road Protest Details: Meet up in Grand Avenue at 11:30 When enough cabs are there we will move onto Tisbury Road and do a few circuits down Norton Road and round again. At Midday Jon Smith has arranged to present the Online Petition to Chair of Licensing Councillor Jackie O'Quinn.
As this is a rolling road protest we cannot be dispursed as long as we keep moving. This is a peacful protest to get the council to review Uber's Operators Licence based on their undertaking to ".only use Brighton & Hove licensed vehicles" as shown below and we must stick to this reason. Please ensure that you are wearing your badges even if you are not actually working.
Please remember to sign the Change.org Online Petition and also ask others to do so. Anyone who is a user or potential use of Brighton & Hove cabs is entitled to sign it. On the day we will be sending out Tweets on BHcabs@cabprotest. Join our two Facebook Groups for more info on trade issues. These are both 'Closed Groups' and you will need to apply an look out for a message from us.