Sadiq Khan does not allow his two teen-age daughters to take minicabs alone, the Mayor of London has revealed.
Speaking to LBC Radio about sexual assaults in cabs across the capital, Mr Khan said his two daughters “haven’t got an Uber app”.
Figures released earlier this year showed an Uber driver in London is accused of sexually assaulting a customer once every 11 days.
Mr Khan told LBC’s James O’Brien: “I don’t generally talk about my family but I will in this case because it’s relevant. My two daughters, who are teenagers, haven’t got an Uber app.
“Anybody who knows me or my wife knows we spend a lot of our time being a minicab firm for our daughters.”
The Mayor added: “Our daughters aren’t allowed a cab. We pick them up or drop them off.”
The Metropolitan Police received 32 reports of rape or sexual assault involving Uber drivers during a 12-month period, a Freedom of Information request submitted by the Sun newspaper found.
The force accused Uber of failing to report serious crimes, including sexual assault, earlier this month.
Inspector Neil Billany, head of the Met’s taxi and private hire unit, said he had “significant concern” that the firm seemed to be “deciding what [crimes] to report”.
Uber said the comments did not reflect its “good working relationship” with the police.
Mr Khan told James O’Brien he expected Transport for London to take these allegations into consideration when renewing its licence.
Mmmm… In view of the outcome of TfL’s refusal to renew Uber’s operator licence, this is most relevant. However, for the Mayor to make such a sweeping indictment against the entire London private hire trade is of no help to anybody, surely. He must remember that there are hundreds of bona fide PHV firms in the capital, some of which have been thriving for decades and conveying their passengers safely and comfortably to their destination. They’ll still be here when the dust settles, hopefully – Ed.