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TfL has refused to renew Uber’s licence to operate in London

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In just over a week’s time, Uber will no longer be allowed to run cabs in London. That’s the verdict handed down by TfL today: it’s declined to renew the cab operator’s licence in this city.

After temporarily extending Uber’s licence earlier this year, the transport body announced today that the company has not been deemed ‘fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence’. TfL cites what it sees as four main issues, including Uber’s ‘approach to reporting serious criminal offences’.Mayor Sadiq Khan said of the decision: ‘Providing an innovative service must not be at the expense of customer safety and security.’

Uber intends to appeal the decision, with a spokesman saying that ‘Transport for London and the Mayor have caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice.’ The company can continue to operate during the appeal process, but the 3.5 million Londoners who use Uber and the company’s 40,000 London drivers face an uncertain future. Watch this space.

In other transport news, there’s a tube and rail mega-strike on the cards for next month.

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Comments

6 comments
Eric L

Uber does not recognize the right of governments to restrict its operations, so this is a non starter.  

Gavin T

Get rid of uber and allow the rapist Un monitored taxi drivers of central London come back and apply their trade

Ron A

1000’s of jobs at risk as drivers will have no work if this goes ahead, and still paying for vehicles in some cases. Don’t the government also realise there will be protests by drivers going slowly blocking all bridges and central London and maybe other cities brought to a standstill during rush hours millions lost by businesses. The public will lose as where no competition or monopoly prices go up with unsafe pirate cabs on the road when people want to get home after a night out. I have no connection with industry just common sense.

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Jesus M

Very good decision to take off the street a Uber dangerous driver

Stefano P

And there goes another one of best things of London... this city is gradually falling apart!

Samuel S

that ban will fall.  government has better things to do than taking our free choice.