Friday, 22 September 2017

Uber London loses licence to operate due to "public safety and security implications"

London's transport authority has stripped Minicab app Uber of its licence to work in the capital of England.

This was announced by Transport for London (TFL) today, and the reasons given were that Uber is not fit and proper to operate due to concerns over public safety, and also their approach to reporting criminal offences.

 A petition with 100,000 signatures was submitted to TfL, calling on Uber to improve workers' rights or 'get out of London' ahead of the licence decision.

They are now barred working in London after their current licence expires on September 30.

  'TfL considers that Uber's approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications.' 

 TfL's concerns include Uber's approach to carrying out background checks on drivers and reporting serious criminal offences.

Confirming it would appeal against the decision, Uber said it showed the world "far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies".

Some 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers use the Uber app in London.

In a statement, Uber said: "Transport for London and the mayor have caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice."

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