Call for women-only Uber Pools for London

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Uber and other ride-sharing apps have been urged to provide women, the drive to London with the transport authority.

The tip is pointed in a statement released by Transport for London (TfL).

The move could affect services such as Uber Pool, which allows customers to share a car with strangers.

The political declaration, he said, the operator must “allow passengers to choose who they share vehicles (e.g., women-only vehicles)”.

He said that it must “determine how passengers might be able to decide… before accepting a ride.”

The idea that is listed under a section on the “improvement of the safety of the customer.”

Helen Chapman, Interim Director of Licensing, Regulation and Charging, said: “The private rental market is unrecognisable from when the current legislation was introduced. The growth of ride-sharing and other advances means that the regulation must be fit for the next decade, and will not be the last.”

TfL is now investigating the changes that must be made to the legislation to improve the private rental, including ride-sharing services, in the light of technological progress, and to ensure the safety of passengers and drivers.

Any changes will be the subject of consultation.

New regulations could include strengthened requirements for operators:

• a strong commitment to safety as a priority, and to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of passengers, but also for the driver when dealing with difficult situations

• clearly indicate the policies and plans of action for the prevention and reporting of offences, and for the clear, named responsibility at management level for the safety, signalling and protection of personal data

• to provide mechanisms to allow passengers to choose who they share vehicles with, and how passengers might be able to decide on this before accepting a ride

Uber Pool service allows passengers to book a car that they can share with others, with the fee to be divided among the travelers.

Uber has lost its license to operate in London last September and is currently in the appeal against the decision of the TfL, but is able to continue to operate in the city, in the meantime.

At the time, TfL said that the ride-hailing app company was not fit and proper to hold a London private hire operator license.

He said that he made the decision for reasons of “public safety and security implications”.

TfL concerns include the Uber approach to carry out checks on drivers and the reporting of serious offences.