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London Mayor seeks powers to limit private hire licences

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London Mayor seeks powers to limit private hire licences 19th August 2018

Reports say that London mayor Sadiq Khan has written to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling  saying the "huge increase" in mini cabs in the capital is causing increased congestion, pollution and leaving many drivers struggling to earn a living.

According to reports, he said the number of private hire drivers in London has almost doubled from 60,000 in 2011 to 110,000.

His letter to Transport Secretary comes a week after New York City voted to limited the number of Uber drivers there.

In his letter to Mr Grayling, he wrote: "Unlike New York, I don't have the power to cap the number of private hire vehicles in London.

"I am writing to again urge the government to grant me that power as the mayor of London - alongside appropriate restrictions on cross-border hiring, to enable Londoners, like New Yorkers, to breathe better air and live in a less congested city."

An Uber spokesman said: "Uber is committed to helping address congestion and air pollution and we strongly support the mayor's ultra low emission zone.

"Already more than half of the miles travelled with Uber are in hybrid or electric vehicles.

"By competing with private cars, getting more people into fewer vehicles and investing in our clean air plan, we can be a part of the solution in London."

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