In new setback, Uber to lose license to work in London

Ann Santiago
September 27, 2017

The Mayor of London has accused Uber of bringing "unfair pressure" onto Transport for London (TfL) following the body's decision to ban the ride-hailing company from the capital. The agency faulted Uber for its poor record of reporting serious crimes involving Uber drivers to the police.

"3.5 million Londoners who use our app, and more than 40,000 licensed drivers who rely on Uber to make a living will be astounded by this decision", Elvidge said, according to TechCrunch.

Uber's 40,000 drivers, one third of the city's overall number of private hire automobiles, will continue to take guests until an appeals procedure is exhausted, which is most likely to take a number of months.

If true, these alarming events provide ample reason for TfL to remove Uber from the city's roads.

"On behalf of everyone at Uber globally", he wrote, "I apologize for the mistakes we've made".

Meanwhile, Uber London started a petition on to ask TfL to reverse its decision.

A petition set up to assist Uber in its appeal has been signed by more than 730,000 people, urging TfL to reconsider the company's licence.

Since Transport for London announced it was revoking Uber's licence to operate in London, there have been many different responses.

"I have every sympathy with Uber drivers and customers affected by this decision, but their anger really should be directed at Uber", Khan added. Experts say Uber's less intense scrutiny of drivers' criminal and medical backgrounds gives the company a substantial edge over standard taxi companies.

Previously, Uber was made to admit that it used Greyball, a secret program to avoid law enforcement.

Fred Jones, Uber's United Kingdom head of cities, said the mayor and TfL had "caved to pressure from a small number of individuals and groups that want to protect the status quo and reduce consumer choice and competition from London".

The chief executive of Uber has apologised for mistakes that led to Transport for London withdrawing its operating licence, as he affirmed his commitment to fight the ban.

An Aug. 30 opinion piece in The Times spelled out what Khosrowshahi must do to save Uber, saying that the company's troubles run deeper than Kalanick's "flubs and scandals" and that the new CEO will have to "confront the reality that Uber's business model simply doesn't work". "They have let down their drivers and customers by failing, in the view of TfL, to act as a fit and proper operator".

In an earlier interview with the BBC, Khan declared that Uber has "got to play by the rules". Since then it has gone global, operating in more than 630 cities worldwide.

It is worth noting that in other major United Kingdom cities such as Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester Uber continues to function without an issue.

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