In the last few days, the decision to revoke Uber’s licence to operate in the capital city has sent shockwaves to Londoners, causing outrage to some and relief to others.
At the end of last week, Transport for London concluded that Uber London Limited is not ‘fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence’. It highlighted concerns about the taxi app company’s approach to a number of things, including acquiring medical certificates and carrying out Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks on its drivers.
The statement provided by Transport for London does not provide more detail as to the exact nature of Uber’s failings, but there have been reports circulating in the last year of Transport for London demanding new DBS checks for Uber drivers and fake medical certificates being issued by GPs for drivers.
It is important to note those who work as a private hire or taxi driver are required to undergo a criminal record check with the DBS. They are also required to submit medical certificates to demonstrate that they are fit to drive.
Employers, you have been warned!
The latest scandal to hit Uber should act as a useful reminder to employers of the importance of carrying out the appropriate checks on workers. As we can see here, getting it wrong can generate significant consequences.
Read our guidance on pre-employment checks to find out more about the different types of DBS checks (standard, enhanced and enhanced with list checks), health checks, the right to work in the UK, references and qualification checks.
Your dedicated Ellis Whittam Employment Law Adviser is also available to provide you with the necessary advice and support to navigate this tricky area.