Uber Loses London Operating Licence – the US company plans to appeal against the decision. It will take time for the process to happen. There must be proof of safety. In the meantime hundreds of thousands have signed a petition to save the taxi service. For more visit www.change.org
Transport for London has decided against issuing Uber a new private hire licence.
TfL concluded the ride-hailing app firm was not fit and proper to hold a London private hire operator licence.
It said it took the decision on the grounds of “public safety and security implications”.
Confirming it would appeal against the decision, Uber said it showed the world “far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies”.
TfL’s concerns include Uber’s approach to carrying out background checks on drivers and reporting serious criminal offences.
Uber’s current licence is due to run until 30 September. It has 21 days to appeal against TfL’s decision and can continue to operate while any appeals are ongoing.
Some 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers use the Uber app in London.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “I fully support TfL’s decision – it would be wrong if TfL continued to license Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoners’ safety and security.”
The public is not of the same view. Many have spoken out against the ruling and believe the service should be allowed to continue. Uber has become a very popular cab service in the Capital. It has a simple method of hiring and finding them. The app is on smart phones. A simple tap and Post Code will find a driver.
Response is almost immediate. The pledge is to be able to get a driver to a customer within 6-10 minutes. Vehicles have a GPS which allows a faster more direct ride to a destination.
Reputation may have suffered at the beginning but customers believe they have learned their lesson. Uber has cleaned up their image and offer a polite and safe journey.
The capital has been used to Black Cabs providing the service. But they are expensive and often refuse to pick up passengers. This makes it difficult to travel in London. When Uber arrived on the streets the public were happy. Competition was good for the customer although Black Cabs objected to the service. They protested and demonstrated against Uber. However, Londoners supported the new cab service and would choose one of their cars to a black cab.
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