Published: Mon, September 25, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Uber's license to operate in London won't be renewed

Uber's license to operate in London won't be renewed

London will bar Uber from operating at the end of this month after the governing body responsible for the city's transportation concluded that the company is not "fit and proper" to have a private operator license.

Ride hailing company Uber has held a private operator licence in Nottingham since 2015.

In explaining its decision, TfL pointed to a "lack of corporate responsibility" at Uber, along with a number of issues that could potentially compromise public safety and security.

The revocation of Uber's permit also included the reporting of serious criminal offenses and how the medical certificates of the driver were obtained.

Uber plans to appeal the decision, and TfL will let it operate until the appeals process is exhausted.

London is among Uber's most important markets, with over 40,000 drivers and 3.5 million passengers annually.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said the decision not to renew Uber's licence was to guarantee the safety of Londoners. The company has around 40,000 drivers in London - but they aren't considered employees of the company, but self-employed.

It said the American outfit's use of software prevented regulators and law enforcement from monitoring the app, which had security implications in the city.

The current license expires on 30 September.

Well-established case law states someone can run a cab anywhere in the United Kingdom so long as they are a licenced private hire driver, driving a licenced vehicle under a licenced operator.

The taxi firm confirmed it would appeal the ruling and blasted TfL, saying it had "caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict customer choice".

The final day of Uber's London licence will be September 30.

There had been growing speculation that the app could be banned from London. TfL says it can not ensure passenger safety while Uber fails to adhere to regulations. "Our pioneering technology has gone further to enhance safety with every trip tracked and recorded by Global Positioning System". It has 21 days to appeal the decision.

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