Uber loses licence to operate in London

Ashley Carr
September 25, 2017

Tom Elvidge, general manager of Uber in London, told the newspaper his company would like to meet to resolve the situation.

"To defend the livelihoods of all those drivers, and the consumer choice of millions of Londoners who use our app, we intend to immediately challenge this in the courts", Elvidge said.

Transport For London (TfL) released a statement saying that Uber's licence would formally expire on September 30.

The transport authorities in London on Friday announced its decision to stripe Uber of its license from next week, citing its failure to report serious criminal offences, conduct sufficient background checks on drivers and other safety issues.

Uber will lose its license to operate in London because it may be endangering public safety and security, the local regulator said Friday, in a severe blow to a company already facing big questions over its corporate culture.

Transport for London stunned the powerful United States start-up on Friday when it deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service, in a major blow to the USA firm and 3.5 million users in one of the world's wealthiest cities.

So far, over 630,000 people have signed their names in the hope that TfL and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan might reverse the decision.

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More than 600,000 people have signed an online petition opposing the decision to drive Uber out of London.

The decision by TfL has caused dismay among Londoners, who say the app substantially cuts their travel costs. Cab drivers say Uber drivers don't have to comply with the same licensing standards, giving the ride-hailing service an unfair advantage and placing the public at risk.

While Uber doesn't have that much of a choice if it wants to return to such an important market (TfL has the upper hand here), it's notable that Uber is changing its tone more quickly than it has in the past.

Iqbal Wahhab, former chairman of the Department of Work and Pensions Ethnic Minority Advisory Group, wrote in IBT: 'I wonder what regard TfL gave to this legal duty as part of its decision making process.

London is kicking Uber out of the city.

Last year's case was brought by two drivers, James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam, on behalf of a group of 19 Uber workers who argued that they were employed by the San-Francisco-based company. In 2016, The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association blamed private auto hire companies like Uber for causing " unsustainable congestion", costing London £5.4 billion a year.

Based in San Francisco, Uber has always been criticised for its business practices, including the background checks it implements on potential drivers and for allegedly exploiting drivers once they have been hired.

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