Transport for London's Uber clampdown slammed by London First

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Transport for London’s (TfL) proposals to crackdown on Uber were dealt another blow today as business group London First labelled them “utterly flawed”, with just over a week to go before a critical consultation closes.

The group says it “strongly opposes” suggestions that operators must not show vehicles being available for immediate hire, as well as a rule that would block Uber from starting journeys until five minutes after a car is booked.

Read more: Why TfL is proposing new rules for Uber

TfL asked the public and trade bodies for responses in September, following action by anti-Uber groups and the black cab industry. The rejection of the proposals by London First adds to criticism from a others, including business lobby group the Institute of Directors.

Richard Dilks, transport director at London First, said: “Our submission to TfL makes clear that these proposals are fundamentally flawed. Holding the market back would win the support of no one other than some vested interests.

“While in the small print of the proposals there are measures that are positive, the major ones are utterly flawed – and that’s why we want TfL to ditch them,” Dilks added.

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