Cribble to re-launch the people's app 13 March 2019
Cribble, the driver App that was banned by TFL last week is planning a re-launch in the people moving business.
The current service offered in London is about gigs to "Get stuff moved". TFL issued an ultimatum to shut the gigs down by 6pm on Monday but are still considering...
The new "Move me" feature could be launched before Brexit as a TFL regulated service in conjunction with a TFL licensed operator.
The process is as follows: 1) Cribble will find an Operator with a standard TFL operating license 2) The operator will inform TFL of their new operating model using the Cribble technology 3) The operator will inform TFL of their additional brand (Cribble) 4) The operator can launch immediately
TFL previously banned Cribble on the basis that showing the driver name, driver photo, vehicle year, vehicle colour and vehicle make prior to booking would constitute "plying for hire" because the driver and vehicle information is too specific.
To remedy this allegation we will use a random driver nickname, a random emoji and remove the vehicle year so that our description is no more specific than the description used when TFL lost a similar case to Uber.
Whilst, this new solution, is taking away the riders right to see the driver and have a decent description of the vehicle before ordering we have decided to give in on this feature (pending a test case).
We trust that TFL will welcome this new solution since it will make it abundantly clear that the unlicensed service to "move stuff" is different from the licensed service to "move people" which will have all of the controls that the regulator has put in place.
Once TFL is notified of this change we expect the notice from TFL to Cribble drivers to be withdrawn immediately.
With Uber continuing to drop prices and TFL introducing additional charges we are confident that drivers will come flocking to take control of prices and passengers will need to follow.
Interested Operators with a license until 2022 should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.