Brighton is latest council to turn down Uber licence


Brighton & Hove City Council has refused to renew Uber’s licence after finding the firm is not ‘fit and proper’ to operate in the city.

The council said it had serious concerns over the company’s data breach and it’s use of drivers who are not licensed by the city.

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Cllr Jackie O’Quinn, chair of the council’s licensing panel, said: ‘When making Hackney Carriage and Private Hire operator licensing decisions, our priority is the safety of residents and visitors and, due to the data breach and the lack of commitment to using drivers licensed here, we were not satisfied that UBL are a fit and proper person to hold an operator’s licence in the city.’

She added: ‘In the original application in 2015, UBL gave a firm commitment to adhere to the standards set out in the Blue Book and only to use Brighton & Hove licensed drivers. We do not feel the spirit of this commitment has been kept to.

'In the panel’s view, large numbers of taxis operating in the city that do not meet our Blue Book standards puts the safety of residents and visitors at potential risk.’

Sheffield City Council suspended Uber's licence after it allegedly failed to answer questions about its management.

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