25 September, 2017
The MP for Birkenhead said there's concern for large numbers of Uber workers, many who have been "continuously trapped into working for Uber because of arrangements to buy particular cars".
It cited instances in which Uber failed to report serious criminal offences as well as its penchant to deceive regulators in its decision to not renew its license when it expires on September 30.
More than 625,000 people have since signed a "Save Your Uber in London" petition calling on the mayor of London Sadiq Khan to reverse the decision as the company prepares to appeal against the decision. According to the Guardian, that process could take months.
Uber is likely to come under more fire next week when it appears in court to appeal a verdict that granted two of its drivers rights such as the minimum wage, the latest "gig economy" battle between firms lauding the flexibility enjoyed by self-employed drivers and unions accusing them of exploitation.
"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", Khan 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".
He acknowledged that globalised businesses could not ignore what happened at the local level: "It really matters what people think of us, especially in a global business like ours, where actions in one part of the world can have serious consequences in another".
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Police in London accused Uber last month of not reporting a sexual assault by a driver on a passenger, allowing the driver to strike again.
TfL has concluded that Uber's conduct is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator license.
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.
The issues include a lack of background checks on drivers and a failure to report crimes.
It has held a series of talks with transport bosses in a bid to operate in the United Kingdom - as it believes London is open for business. The transport body also queried Uber's use of Greyball software, which could be used to block regulators' access to the app.
In New York City, Austin, Texas and Washington, D.C., Uber hired political ad agencies and consultants and blasted political leaders for supporting measures that could eliminate jobs and worsen traffic.
The company was open to sitting down with regulators to find out what it could do to save its operations.