LONDON — Uber faces yet more political scrutiny in the UK about how it treats its drivers.
On Wednesday, transport minister John Hayes suggested he could make it easier for transport authorities to refuse licenses to Uber if the company didn't meet "minimum conditions" around worker treatment and pay.
Local councils issue licenses to Uber so the company can operate in different cities around the UK.
Hayes was responding to calls from another MP, Labour's Frank Field, to "clarify" what power transport executives have over Uber when granting licenses, during a debate in Parliament.
Field said Uber issued "bogus" contracts that mean drivers are classified as self-employed, rather than full- or part-time workers, depriving them of certain rights. Apart from "getting away with paying appallingly low wages" to some drivers, he added, Uber doesn't "pay its fair share of taxes."