Bristol City Council says it has "no evidence" for reviewing the licence for taxi service Uber in the city.
Transport for London has revoked the company's licence in the capital.
Bristol City Council says it is 'monitoring' the situation.
We will keep a close eye on the outcome and any legal challenge of TFL’s decision to not renew Uber’s licence. While we note the reasons TFL have given for not renewing Uber’s licence, both Uber and their drivers fully comply with all aspects of Bristol’s licensing policy. On that basis, there is no evidence to review their current licence, but we will continue to monitor the situation.
Uber and its drivers are treated no differently to any other licensed driver in the city. Bristol City Council is renowned to have one of the most stringent licence application processes for taxi drivers in the country. The council’s Fit and Proper Person Policy outlines the requirements needed for drivers to hold a licence including a robust convictions policy.
All new drivers are currently required to complete an enhanced DBS check, alongside Gold Standard training, DVLA licence check, medical check, and completion of the knowledge test. Only if these standards are met will a driver be granted a licence.
The Mayor of Bristol has joined leaders of a number of other UK cities in calling on the government for increased powers and investment.
Marvin Rees visited Westminster yesterday to deliver a report on behalf of Core Cities UK, a joint project by ten of the UK's largest cities.
The Mayor says Bristol has "faced significantly reduced government funding, while the cost of providing vital services to more people has risen substantially."
So far, ministers have not involved us in plans for the economy after Brexit – so I, with the other core city leaders, am taking the opportunity to start that discussion, and we are reminding ministers we want to be part of an inclusive conversation.
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