Uber May Lose London Operating License

Uber May Lose London Operating License

Troy Powers
September 27, 2017

Transport bosses gave four reasons for its decision; the firm's failure to report serious criminal offences; its approach to how medical certificates for drivers are obtained; its approach to background checks; and the company's use of secret software called "Greyball", which could be used to block regulators from gaining full access to the app.

Transport for London, which regulates private vehicle services in the city, said that Uber demonstrated a "lack of corporate responsibility" related to various actions like the company's apparent use of a controversial software program called "Greyball" and allegations of sexual assault of passengers.

Mayor Sadiq Khan, a Labour politician who has criticised the firm in the past, said on Monday he had asked Transport for London (TfL) to be available to meet CEO Khosrowshahi.

"I apologize for the mistakes that we made", wrote the p. -d. g. of the american giant in an open letter to Londoners.

The city's transportation agency, Transport for London, said last week it would not renew Uber's license when it expires September 30, citing a lack of corporate responsibility and concern for public security.

Uber can appeal the decision, and will be able to operate until all forms of appeal have been exhausted.

"We are of course keen to sit down with TfL to understand what changes they want us to make so we can get things back on track for the millions of Londoners who rely on Uber".

Some Uber supporters say the critique is a smokescreen for a politically motivated decision to appease London taxi drivers, not protect public safety.

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Since Transport for London announced it was revoking Uber's licence to operate in London, there have been many different responses.

According to the BBC, Khan welcomed Khosrowshahi's apology.

"As mayor of London I welcome innovative new companies that help Londoners by providing a better and more affordable service - but providing an innovative service is not an excuse for not following the rules".

Since the decision on 22 September 2017, more than 760,000 people have signed an online petition to reverse TfL's decision.

A NCC spokeswoman added: "When issuing a private operator's licence, the council has to be satisfied that the applicant is fit and proper to hold the licence in line with legislation and the council's licensing policy".

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The newspaper City AM has described the TfL decision as "political" saying, "Anyone who has used the app will know that TfL's decision to ban it on the grounds of safety is freaky, given that customers can track their ride via Global Positioning System and share their location and driver details with friends". The ride sharing service has faced protests from taxi drivers in the city.

Uber will appeal the TfL decision, which could take up to a year.