Following London’s decision on Monday to strip the taxi operator Uber from operating on its streets, there is speculation that Manchester could follow suit.
Uber’s license is due to expire in July 2021 and there are reports that Manchester City Council have concerns that its licensing rules were being undermined by Uber drivers working in the City who are held to much lower standards than the regular licensed firms
Uber list its London license over issues with unauthorised drivers posing as legitimate Uber drivers on the organisations app.
Yesterday, Manchester city council also raised concerns, saying that it had “requested an urgent meeting with Uber in light of the decision”. Rabnawaz Akbar, executive member for neighbourhoods, said Uber provided “many beneficial services to customers” but added: “Their business model does cause some concerns.
“Local licensing standards are undermined by the volume of drivers working on the Uber platform, as well as some other operators in Manchester, that have been licensed by authorities with much lower standards and conditions.”