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London's Transportation Regulator Won't Renew Uber's License to Operate

London's Transportation Regulator Won't Renew Uber's License to Operate

TfL rejected Uber's application for licence renewal on the basis that the company's approach and conduct demonstrated a "lack of corporate responsibility" which could have potential public safety and security implications.

Taxi app Uber lost its right to operate in London yesterday, as it was unceremoniously stripped of its licence to operate in the capital by Transport for London.

The ubiquitous auto share service has experienced explosive growth in dense and sprawling London, where an estimated 40,000 Uber drivers prowl the streets waiting for a click from the 3.5 million residents who have downloaded the app. In other cities, Uber's private hire cabs must be ordered before a journey.

Also known as Uber Technologies Inc., it is an American technology company headquartered in San Francisco, California, United States, operating in 633 cities worldwide.

Company accuses mayor of 'giving in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice'.

Uber has always been criticised for not reporting criminal offences, including sexual assault, in a timely manner or even at all.

City authorities accused the company of failing to ensure "passenger safety" after a string of allegations the company failed to report sex attacks by drivers.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan supported TfL's decision, saying "all companies in London must play by the rules".

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Maria Ludkin, GMB's legal director, said: "As a result of sustained pressure from drivers and the public, Uber has suffered yet another defeat - losing its license to operate in London".

In June a Bradford Uber driver was arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault in York.

A woman poses holding a smartphone showing the App for ride-sharing cab service Uber in London on September 22, 2017.

In London, Uber has faced criticism from unions, legislators and traditional black-cab drivers over working conditions.

"A blanket ban will cause massive inconvenience to millions of Londoners, all the while showing that the mayor of London is closed to business and innovation", he said.

Considering the fact that the company will no longer be able to offer the service in London from October 1, Uber users in London have made their voices heard by signing an #Online Petition created by the #American Company.

The online ride-hailing pioneer said it still operates in 96 European cities but has largely withdrawn its UberPOP service that relied on drivers without commercial licenses after court rulings against it in many jurisdictions going back years. Uber asked its customers to "defend the livelihoods of 40,000 drivers - and the consumer choice of millions of Londoners".


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