by Matthew Niblett on 27 Sep 2019
This week's top three: Uber gets two more months in London; Paris e-scooter backlash continues apace; Labour promises "people's Zipcar".
London’s transport agency Transport for London (TfL) has renewed Uber's probationary operating licence for two months. TfL has stated that it is seeking “additional information” from Uber before considering whether to issue a longer-term licence. Uber said that it will provide TfL with any information it may request. In June 2018, Uber obtained a 15-month probationary licence, following an appeal against TfL's decision not to renew its operating permit.
Apacauvi (the Philanthropic Association for Action Against Urban Anarchy) has stated its intention to sue City Hall for allowing electric scooters, which it has argued represent a danger to pedestrians. Apaucavi has sent a letter to Mayor Anne Hidalgo requesting copies of contracts between e-scooter operators and the city. The objective of the association is to check whether there are any legal irregularities in the contracts that would allow the association to introduce a formal complaint.
Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey has announced that, were a Labour Government to be elected, it would spend £300 million to purchase 30,000 electric cars and make them available for rent across the country via an app. The Labour Party has stated that the proposal would cut carbon emissions, improve air quality, and reduce the number of privately-owned cars on the road. The service would be specifically targeted at poorer and less well-connected communities in order to plug gaps left by the commercial market.
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