Blame the company, not me, says London's mayor after Uber ban

24 September, 2017, 00:42 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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London's municipal transport authority took commuters by surprise Friday when it rejected Uber's application for a new license to operate, ruling that the ride-sharing company is not a "fit and proper" private auto hire operator.

Transport for London, the governing authority, said that it rejected the application to renew the license because "Uber's approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility" by not reporting serious criminal offenses, obtaining medical certificates and background checks for the drivers.

In backing the decision to strip Uber of its licence, Khan said: "All private-hire operators in London need to play by the rules".

Uber's license to operate as a private hire service is set to expire on September 30.

Khosrowshahi reiterated that the company will "vigorously" appeal the Transport for London's decision to revoke the company's license but that it should also build trust through its actions and behavior in order to become more acceptable, given is very bad track record so far.

James Farrar, chairman of the Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain's United Private Hire Drivers branch, said drivers faced "losing their job and being saddled with unmanageable vehicle-related debt".

General Manager of Uber in London, Tom Elvidge said: "3.5 million Londoners who use our app, and more than 40,000 licensed drivers who rely on Uber to make a living, will be astounded by this decision".

He wrote in a tweet: "Dear London: we r far from flawless but we have 40k licensed drivers and 3.5mm Londoners depending on us".

It said TfL and London mayor Sadiq Khan had "caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice".

It can keep operating in the city pending the outcome of the appeal. And while he said it's up to United Kingdom authorities to decide how to treat the company there, the soft-spoken Ross made it clear how he feels. He added that Uber would challenge the decision in court.

Uber debuted in London in 2012, just before the Summer Olympics, initially with a luxury service.

Its arrival in London created a clash nearly immediately with the city's famed black cabs, which trace their roots back to 1634.

Uber has always been a target of complaints from taxi drivers and companies.

Uber operates in more than 600 locations around the world, including more than 40 towns and cities in the UK. Many also fear the rivalry will put them out of business: Uber fares are about 30 per cent lower than those of black cabs.


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