Here are this week’s headlines:
- Uber loses its licence
Reported by Anna Flaherty
On Friday 22nd September, TFL (Transport for London) decided not to renew Uber’s licence to operate in the city. TFL said that it was not “fit” or “proper” to hold the licence due to public safety and security concerns. They are unhappy with Uber’s approach to carrying out proper checks on their drivers. There has apparently been a failure by Uber to complete these basic checks. This means that some drivers have been working with unreported serious criminal offences, or without having obtained the required medical certification to be able to work with Uber. However, the firm has already stated that it will appeal against the decision. Law firms have predicted that this case could easily end in the Supreme Court.
Despite the fact that Uber are continuing to operate, it now faces more competition, with other taxi apps being able to capitalise on Uber’s bad press. In the 48 hours following TFL’s decision, Addison Lee, Gett and MyTaxi immediately saw an increase in the number of downloads of their apps. In only a week, the number of downloads has increased by 159%, showing how customers are becoming wary of using Uber.
- Operation Grange granted an extra £154,000
Reported by Paige Waters
The investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, 3, who went missing in Portugal –Praia da Luz – 2007 has been granted an extra £154,000. This meaning more than a £11 million has been spent investigating the disappearance of Madeleine.
The Home Office has granted this additional money for the investigation after the request came from the Metropolitan police.
A Home Office spokesman said “following an application from the Metropolitan police, the Home Office has confirmed funding for Operation Grange (Madeleine McCann investigation) until the end of March 2018. As with all applications, the resources required are reviewed regularly and careful consideration is given before any funding is allocated”.
Madeleine’s parents, both Kate and Gerry have commented stating that they will never give up hope of finding their daughter.
Keep up to date with this story on The Guardian
- Ryanair facing regulatory action due to improper conduct
Reported by Radhika Morally
Ryanair has faced a torrent of media attention recently due to the mass cancellation of flights as a result of staff shortages. Although they have offered all 400,000 passengers affected a €40 travel voucher as an apology for the disruptions, it appears that the scandal surrounding Ryanair is only set to continue.
Directly related to the issue of flight cancellations is the “enforcement action” Ryanair is facing from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for not giving customers the correct information regarding their rights.
The airline has been accused of falsely informing customers that they were not required to re-route passengers on other airlines, along with failing to give the necessary details about its obligation to refund any expenses that directly resulted from the flight cancellations.
Ryanair is one of several large airlines to recently come under the scrutiny of the regulator, which has stated that it will take legal action against Ryanair for breach of consumer protection laws “if necessary”.
However, the airline have indicated their willingness to “comply fully with whatever requirements they ask us to”, a sentiment which they intend to convey in their meeting with the CAA.
The regulator announced their intentions to proceed with regulatory action after the second wave of flight cancellations was revealed.
Whatever the outcome of the CAA’s actions, it is certain that Ryanair will face further negative impacts. Without even considering the potential impact of the scandal on public confidence, the initial estimated cost of around £21 million has already been doubled.
- Brexit: Withdrawal bill gives 'excessive' power to ministers, peers warn
Reported by Nathan Gore
The bill designed to transfer EU law into UK law in preparation for Brexit will give ministers “excessively wide” powers, a committee of peers has said.
The committee examined the delegated powers conferred on the government by the EU Withdrawal Bill. It said Parliament, not ministers, should decide how much scrutiny the powers receive. The government has tried to provide assurance that delegated powers will not be excessive or inappropriate.
The bill sets out which of regulations will be subject to debate and which will not – but the House of Lords’ Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee says Parliament should decide.
Its report proposes that committees in the Commons and Lords – or a joint committee of both Houses – should be given 10 days to overturn a minister’s proposal and require full parliamentary scrutiny of the regulation and a vote. This is known as the “affirmative procedure”.
Peers are concerned about the number of regulations under the so-called “negative procedure”, which assumes that a statutory instrument is acceptable unless action is taken to the contrary.
A statutory instrument under this procedure is made by a minister and usually becomes law immediately, though MPs or peers can table a motion to annul the instrument. Most of the delegated legislation will be subject to the affirmative procedure – although some, including the power to modify exit fees, will not be.
A “sunset clause” means powers delegated in the bill expire two years after the UK leaves the EU
Lord Blencathra, who chairs the committee, said the bill “We have put forward what we think is a sensible proposal which will enable the government to use secondary legislation to implement the decision to withdraw from the EU whilst ensuring that it is Parliament – not the government – which decides the level of scrutiny applied to that legislation.”
The report comes after Labour MP Hilary Benn, who chairs the Commons Brexit Select Committee, suggested the bill could give ministers “a blank legislative cheque”.
Read more on the BBC .