The problem with Sadiq Khan’s – and sure, it’s TfL but let’s not be stupid about the Mayor’s influence or not – refusal to renew Uber’s licence in London isn’t the triviality of the objection, it’s that it’s not even Khan that should be making the decision.
The objection itself is trivial of course. It’s that some 45 drivers faked their ID to get onto the system and provide rides. That’s out of 45,000 rivers in Uber’s system.
Right, so, anyone aware of other parts of the working world that manage accuracy down to 0.1%? The British state certainly doesn’t achieve that when handing out free money as the benefits system shows. Do we think that TfL itself manages it in the identification of its employees? Seriously, anyone want to take the bet that there’s not 0.1% of TfL workers without the relevant working papers?
So, yes, obviously, this is all about Khan not wanting Uber to be in London. Because he hates freedom or something. Or possibly because the black cabbies are a political power block and he’s a politician. And that’s really not the way these things should work. This is:
As to what should happen, this is rather obvious. Millions of people, by their own preference, choose to travel through Uber rather than black cabs, tube trains, or buses. The entire point of our having an economy at all is that we consumers gain more of whatever it is that we want. Which means that the only one who should kill off a ride hailing service is us, by no longer using it. Regulators just need to get out of the way and let the people decide.