TfL’s Uber crackdown in London will cost drivers £19m a year

A proposed crackdown on Uber services in London will cost drivers £19m a year, the company has claimed.

Transport for London (TfL) has put forward a compulsory wait rule, banning passengers from entering an Uber vehicle for five minutes after booking their ride, reports The Telegraph.

Uber estimates that the measure could affect more than two in five trips, leaving the average London Uber driver close to £1,000 worse off each year.

The five-minute rule is being consulted on by TfL until December 23, as part of a package of 25 new rules that would restrict Uber services in the capital.

TfL has also proposed banning operators like Uber from showing cars for hire within a smartphone app, and could limit ride-sharing services, putting Uber’s planned UberPool service at risk.

More than 134,000 people have signed a petition opposing the new rules. If imposed, they would “mean an end to the Uber you know and love”, the company has said.