Uber loses licence to operate in London

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Uber Will No Longer Have a License to Operate in London
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27 September, 2017

Authorities faulted Uber earlier this year for allowing a London driver who had sexually assaulted a rider to get back on the road. "Even though there is a legal process in place, I have asked TfL to make themselves available to meet with him", he added, using the abbreviation for the transit agency.

The city's move was a huge loss for the ride-hailing company: London is Uber's largest European market and hosts some 40,000 licensed Uber drivers who serve about 3.5 million customers. The firm can continue to operate until the appeals process is exhausted, which is likely to take several months. Some recent upheaval in the organization, however, has left it susceptible to competitors, and a new blow to the company recently hit from Transport for London, who denied Uber's request for a renewed license.

Meanwhile, a petition demanding that Mr Khan reverse the licensing decision reached 750,0000 signatures.

Uber through a series of tweets said that it would challenge the decision in court. The concessions of Uber are expected to involve safety for passengers and benefits for drivers including limited working hours and holiday pay. "Obviously I am pleased that he has acknowledged the issues that Uber faces in London", Khan said. Mayor Kahn's political opponents have been quick to point out that he received £30,000 from the union during his campaign to be London Mayor.

"Until Uber gets this message then it will suffer lost trade as a result of its deteriorating reputation".

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Around one in four (23 per cent) said the drivers were "more pleasant" while 26 per cent felt safer in an Uber auto.

The outcome also has financial implications for Uber at a time when its backers are in talks involving a potential $12 billion stake from SoftBank Group Corp. and other investors. Uber. I'm glad to see that he is aware of the problems Uber is facing in London, " explained the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in a press release. "As we have already told TfL, an independent review has found that "greyball" has never been used or considered in the United Kingdom for the purposes cited by TfL", he continued, referring to the proprietary technology that allowed Uber to evade authorities and skirt regulations imposed by local and national governments. "But that required a dialogue we haven't been able to have", Tom Elvidge, Uber's general manager in London, told "The Sunday Times" as part of the company's conciliatory stance against TfL's verdict that it is not "fit and proper" to operate on the streets of London.

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

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.


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