BREAKING: Uber Loses Licence To Operate In London
A London without Uber?
Yes, it’s coming.
Londoners should start bracing themselves for an Uber-less London.
This is an unfolding reality for the taxi hailing giant after London transport authorities said they will not renew its licence to operate in London when it expires on September 30.
Their reasons? Safety. The authorities believe Uber’s services are no longer safe.
But all hopes are not lost yet as the company still has three weeks to appeal the loss.
On Friday, Transport for London, TfL said the conduct of the ride-hailing app, which has around 25,000 drivers operating in the British capital, had raised concerns.
"TfL has concluded that Uber London Limited is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence," it said in a statement.
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It said Uber's "approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications".
TfL names such issues to include its approach to reporting serious criminal offences, and to obtaining criminal record checks for drivers.
But the law is there to save Uber anyways.
Under licensing laws, Uber has 21 days to appeal the decision, and can continue to operate until the process has been exhausted.
But this does not look good for Uber which is already reeling from other issues relating to sexual harassment in the US and across some cities in Asia.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said he fully supported the decision.
"I want London to be at the forefront of innovation and new technology and to be a natural home for exciting new companies that help Londoners by providing a better and more affordable service," he said.
"However, all companies in London must play by the rules and adhere to the high standards we expect -- particularly when it comes to the safety of customers.
"Providing an innovative service must not be at the expense of customer safety and security," Khan added.
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