Uber May Not Be Driving In London For Much Longer

Gladys Abbott
September 24, 2017

Transport for London (TfL) has informed United States tech firm Uber that it will not issue it a private hire operator licence after the expiry of its current licence on 30 September.

TfL has concluded Uber was not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence after expiry of its current licence on September 30.

TfL cited factors including Uber's approach to reporting serious criminal offences, its approach to how medical certificates are obtained and its approach to DBS checks as reasons behind this morning's ruling. Transport for London said the company could continue to operate until any appeals process was exhausted. "The safety and security of customers must be paramount".

More than 40,000 private hire drivers are registered with Uber, while around 3.5 million Londoners are said to use the app.

London's transportation agency will not renew Uber's operator license, meaning the ride-sharing company will not be able to operate in the British capital after next week, reports Reuters.

One Uber driver in London said: "I don't think it is a fair decision". Its earlier license was to expire in May but the Transport for London extended it to four months. "Any operator of private hire services in London needs to play by the rules", the Mayor added.

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Why has Uber lost its licence in London? However, this controversial move led to an uproar from both the customers and drivers of Uber.

Uber has faced protests from drivers of London's traditional black cabs and criticism over working conditions. The capital contains nearly 3.5 million users of the auto hailing service and it can go on continuing to operate in the country until the firm has exhausted the appeals process, reported Business Insider.

Uber could win its appeal in the courts and force TfL to back down.

The British capital's transport regulator deemed Uber unfit to run a tax service and said its license would not be renewed when it expires on September 30.

For its part, Uber accused the city of caving in to special interests "who want to restrict consumer choice".

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