Uber Loses Operation License In London

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Taxi technology company, Uber has lost its licence to operate in London effective September 30, London Transport regulator announced on Friday.

The decision by London will affect over 40,000 drivers in a huge blow to the taxi app.

The transport regulator said that Uber approach to transportation lacked corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications.

According to the regulator, the final day of Uber’s license will be on Sep. 30.

Uber, which has the right to appeal the decision within 21 days, did not offer an immediate comment.

It is unclear whether Uber will be able to operate in October whilst any appeal is being considered.

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

Globally, Uber has endured a tumultuous few months after a string of scandals involving allegations of sexism and bullying at the company, leading to investor pressure which forced out former CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick.

The app has been forced to quit several countries including Denmark and Hungary and faced regulatory battles in multiple U.S. states and countries around the world.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he backed the decision.

“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 said.

“It would be wrong if TfL continued to license Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoners’ safety and security.”

Uber said it would challenge a decision by London’s transport regulator on Friday to strip it of its license to operate from the end of the month.

1 Comment on Uber Loses Operation License In London

  1. Well its been an interesting day!

    I actually agree with the removal of ubers London licence based on what i know, uber certainly push the law to the limits and when you stick your fingers in a fire often enough they will get burnt! However i dont think its quite as significant as people think just yet, they have 21 days to decide whether to make an appeal then until that appeal is heard and resolved either way, that could take years and be very costly for both parties, i personally think some sort of compromise will be reached where uber are allowed to continue but with conditions as to future conduct etc.

    It should also be noted the the lack of a renewal seemingly has no relationship to oot drivers (not an issue in London anyway other than them licensing them) nor the legality of their app – a pity as a court ruling either way on these matters is much needed

    If they dont come to a compromise there are a few possibilities, they can still operate in London with vehicles licensed elsewhere, i imagine they would try that but its likely to be a political hot potato as its London and get shut down which would stop a lot of the oot stuff, which is good in my view provided done sensibly, they could just abandon London and carry on in the rest of the UK but councils are far more likely to deem them unfit elsewhere after this, or they could abandon the UK, thats certainly a possibility, they have done so in the states in various areas.

    I think if the appeal fails they will pull out totally

    Unless that happens its not likely to have too much effect on the members of this forum (other than tfl licensed drivers) unless SCC or (in my and some others case) RMBC pull the plug, if SCC do then i will live in Sheffield it will be that busy lol! Its also still not in their interests to get licensed locally as if a driver is licensed in an area different to where he lives/works he is more tied to uber, i imagine they will use the appeal time to advise tfl licensed drivers who work elsewhere to get another licence, possibly also those who work in London as nothing can stop them working in London if licensed elsewhere at present

    Unfortunately the most important question isnt being answered at all – is the app legal, its all about dbs and stuff rather than the legality of a hailing app, the hailing app is the key technological progression uber have made and its a pity thats in the background here

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