Bradford Council in talks with Uber after complaints about drivers in York

An Uber car parked on Piccadilly, York. Photograph: Dean Langthorp
7 May 2019 @ 8.07 am
| News, Transport

Bradford Council is in talks with Uber about drivers licensed in the city operating in York.

After receiving a number of complaints from York taxi drivers, Bradford council officers have had discussions with the app-based private hire company.

It follows a number of incidents of dangerous driving in the city caught on dashcam video by out-of-town drivers.

However, a letter posted on social media purporting to be from Bradford’s licensing manager, which said the council would might suspend drivers licensed in Bradford and operating predominantly in York and Leeds, has been revealed to be a fake.

The fake had copied out passages from a genuine letter, a spokesman for Bradford Council told YorkMix.

But the problem was a genuine one.

He said: “We have reviewed the situation and are in discussions with Uber about how to solve the problem.”

Operating ‘illegally’

The front of the Uber after the accident on Danebury Drive
Although City of York Council voted not to renew Uber’s licence in York in December 2017, Uber drivers licensed elsewhere still operate in the city.

City taxi drivers have argued that this is unlawful, and commissioned legal advice from a barrister who argued that out-of-town vehicles and their drivers are illegally operating in York.

Uber drivers have been involved in a number of near misses caught on dashcam video when driving around York. City taxi drivers say this is because they are unfamiliar with York.

Last month a woman was taken to hospital after an Uber and a bus collided on Danebury Drive.

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