Skip to main content
CLOSE

Charities

Close

Corporate and Commercial

Close

Employment and Immigration

Close

Fraud and Investigations

Close

Individuals

Close

Litigation

Close

Planning, Infrastructure and Regeneration

Close

Public Law

Close

Real Estate

Close

Restructuring and Insolvency

Close

Energy

Close

Entrepreneurs

Close

Private Wealth

Close

Real Estate

Close

Tech and Innovation

Close

Transport and Infrastructure

Close
Home / News and Insights / News / Eco-Uber: genuine eco-friendly move or clever ploy?

Uber recently announced its plan to charge customers in London an extra 15p per mile from early 2019 onwards. Uber states the reason for this extra charge is its desire to help TFL reduce pollution in the Capital. It plans to give the cash to London drivers to help them purchase electric cars, in light of the recent hybrid and electric car government grant cuts.

There are a number of problems with Uber’s plan to get half of its London drivers electric by 2021:

  • Very few drivers will have easy access to charging stations – something Uber announced it plans to support the local government to improve;
  • A driver on the road for 40 hours a week should build up £4,500 from the extra charge over three years – not really enough to help them afford an electric car;
  • Uber driving is often a temporary occupation, meaning many drivers will not remain drivers for three years and any extra funds raised will go back into the central fund;
  • The move to electric cars may help reduce pollution, but it will not help reduce congestion in London;
  • Electric cars may not have the range required by many Uber drivers, who sometimes want to work long shifts.

Therefore the question must be asked: is Uber’s new electric car charge a genuine move towards a less-polluted London, or it is a back-handed scheme to raise its fees by the back door? Alternatively, by publicly supporting TFL, does Uber expect that renewing the 15 month probationary licence it was given (after a widely reported court case) to continue operating in London in June 2018 will be easier?

Related Articles

Our Offices

London
One Bartholomew Close
London
EC1A 7BL

Cambridge
50/60 Station Road
Cambridge
CB1 2JH

Reading
The Anchorage, 34 Bridge Street
Reading RG1 2LU

Southampton
Grosvenor House, Grosvenor Square
Southampton SO15 2BE

 

Reading
The Anchorage, 34 Bridge Street
Reading RG1 2LU

Southampton
Grosvenor House, Grosvenor Square
Southampton SO15 2BE

  • Lexcel
  • CYBER ESSENTIALS PLUS

© BDB Pitmans 2024. One Bartholomew Close, London EC1A 7BL - T +44 (0)345 222 9222

Our Services

Charities chevron
Corporate and Commercial chevron
Employment and Immigration chevron
Fraud and Investigations chevron
Individuals chevron
Litigation chevron
Planning, Infrastructure and Regeneration chevron
Public Law chevron
Real Estate chevron
Restructuring and Insolvency chevron

Sectors and Groups

Private Wealth chevron
Real Estate chevron
Transport and Infrastructure chevron