If you want to rent an SUV, get in touch with Uber, or rent a minivan, you’re likely to find yourself locked out of the UK, unless you’re already a licensed Uber driver.
You’ll be asked to provide your driving licence number and the vehicle number you want, and then your details are collected from a central database, which will be shared with your nearest taxi firm or a private car rental company.
These companies are required to use a third party to make sure they have your driving details, and you’ll have to agree to their terms and conditions.
The companies then use your driving information to find out which of their cars you would like to rent.
However, it’s unclear whether these companies can use your vehicle details to find you a car without your consent, or even to book you a private vehicle without your permission.
The BBC reports that this is an “urgent” issue, and it’s unlikely that Uber will be able to stop people from renting out their vehicles without the right to cancel.
This means that the vast majority of people who rent out their cars are not going to have to do anything to make things easier for people to do this, so it’s likely that Uber drivers will be the ones to do the trick.
The UK’s car rental industry is struggling to find a solution to this, and the company Uber says it’s working with has said that it will do its best to provide people with “legal and secure” options for renting their vehicles.
If you’re worried about what this means for you, you can read more about it here.