Since Uber changed their vetting process in April 2016, they have continued to hire drivers without requiring them to have a passenger endorsement. The P endorsement includes a police check, a fit-and-proper person inspection and regular checks that the driver is able to provide a transport service. Uber undergoes a much lighter process when vetting drivers, including checking criminal and driver's licence records.
Uber have defended their approach, insisting passenger safety is a top priority for them. Even if this is the case, they are still breaking the law by letting hundreds of unqualified drivers work for them
Uber has been involved in talks with Auckland Transport regarding the use of Uber's technology for improving public transport in Auckland. If a deal is made, the Uber app will be integrated with Auckland Transport's services to provide transport options where public transport is not available. Auckland Transport aren't worried that Uber is hiring unqualified drivers, stating that it is not their concern.
An Auckland Transport spokesman has commented on the situation, saying: "There are no operational risks to AT, the information provided is for customers to make informed journey choices, whether they choose to use Uber or any other third party provider is still up to the customer. AT does not provide any booking link to Uber."
NZ Herald | 22/09/16