Uber drivers use apps that are supposed to geofence where they can and can’t operate. It’s come to light that for some reason, one of the apps used by drivers in Greater London includes Thurrock as well: Uber: Thurrock Council requests change to Greater London ‘geofence’.
Basically, this means any Greater London based drivers can come over the border into Thurrock looking for customers. Understandably, local taxi operators and drivers are less than happy about what they see as a direct threat to their livelihoods. There’s a suspicion that this is illegal. The issue was raised at a recent Thurrock Council meeting and they are looking into how this can be investigated.
The terms and conditions for Uber drivers are pretty dire and it’s not surprising that in order to get more custom, they end up engaging in practices such as plotting up in areas where there’s a question mark…
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