The Licensed Private Hire Car Association has reaffirmed its support for Transport for London’s decision to deny Uber a private hire operator licence in London.

The revelation that 2.7 million British Uber customers and drivers – and a total of 57 million worldwide – were affected by a 2016 data breach that Uber covered up for more than a year, is the latest in a string of poor practices of Uber, which compromise the safety of the travelling public.

LPHCA chairman Steve Wright said: “The LPHCA has long held grave concerns about Uber and its operating practices.  It is therefore with further dismay we learned of a data breach, in which the personal information of drivers and customers was stolen, had gone unreported by Uber in 2016.”

Wright said the data breach cover-up followed previous allegations of passenger fare exploitation, criticism for failing to report serious crimes, questions over criminal record checks, potential blocking of regulatory access to its software and a successful prosecution for its use of an uninsured vehicle.

He added: “Each new incident will, we are sure, reinforce and justify TfL’s decision not to renew Uber’s licence. Modernisation of transport services is, we accept, a necessary progressive step but it should not risk the reputation of the wider private hire trade or be permitted to the detriment of security and public safety.”