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Uber could face tough action over drivers

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/08/2016

Transport Minister Simon Bridges is signalling tougher action against ridesharing company Uber if its drivers continue to flout the law.

The app-based driver service changed its rules back in April, dropping requirements for its drivers to have a passenger (P) endorsement for their licence or a certificate of fitness for their car - even though the New Zealand Transport Agency says that's illegal.

Mr Bridges says Uber's failure to follow the rules is unlawful and it means there are no assurances for passengers around safety, as drivers don't undergo police or medical checks.

He says the NZTA is actively enforcing the rules, but the government could look into other legal options if Uber doesn't comply.

But he stopped short of saying the company could be banned from operating in New Zealand.

Labour leader Andrew Little says it's important Uber follows the law.

"The reason we have regulatory standards is for public safety and they should be complying with it," he told reporters.

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