Uber Will No Longer Have a License to Operate in London


The company's new chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, recently apologized following London's announcement that it would withdraw Uber's license to operate in the city. London police investigated 32 Uber drivers for rape or sexual assault of a passenger between May 2015 and May 2016, according to Freedom of Information Act data obtained by the Sun. "Even though there is a legal process in place, I have asked TfL to make themselves available to meet with him", Khan said in a statement.

Following the Tfl decision in London, Uber - which is used by 3.5 million people and 40,000 drivers in London - said it planned to appeal.

Uber's customers began panicking because this meant as of September 30, the American company will no longer be licensed, but it can continue to operate until all appeals are exhausted.

A lengthy appeal against Transport for London's (TfL) refusal to renew its licence for the cab hire service will likely be strung out over at least 12 months, experts say.

Uber collected more than 500 000 signatures in less than 24 hours on a petition to protest London's decision to not renew the company's taxi license, a setback in one of its most lucrative markets.

However some slammed the criticism of Uber on this basis, claiming the responsibility for vetting drivers instead lies with TfL rather than Uber, or equivalent, minicab operators.

The TfL said Uber poses risks to public safety and criticized the company's approach to reporting serious criminal offenses and conducting background checks.

His tone represents a clear break from the confrontational position Uber took on Friday, when it accused TfL of closing London off to innovation and bowing to vested interests.

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"This was one of the odd things around the TfL notice yesterday is they are the ones who do all of the checks and license the drivers".

And Twitter user she was "annoyed" at the decision as Uber allowed her to get out of "uncomfy" situations if out at night.

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".

"It also sends a worrying message about the unpredictable nature of regulators (and the perception they may be politically motivated) just at the time when London needs to attract further innovation and investment".

Yet, Uber and Lyft can more often than not face opposition and controversial actions from skeptical city officials regarding the background checks of their drivers.

TfL turned down the renewal request, asserting that Uber is "not fit and proper" to hold such license in the city of London.

Uber was first licensed to operate in the city in 2012 and will see its current license expire on September 30.