When will Uber stop operating in London?

27 September, 2017, 00:18 | Author: Darnell Patrick
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The company's new chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, recently apologized following London's announcement that it would withdraw Uber's license to operate in the city. TfL's licensing decision cites various criticisms, including Uber's approach to reporting criminal offences and how medical certificates and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service ("EDBS") checks were obtained.

On Friday 22nd September 2017, Transport for London (TfL) informed Uber London Limited that it would not be renewing its private hire operator licence when its current licence expires on 30 September. During this process, the American company can continue with its operation until the appeals are exhausted.

However, for many in London, pricey black cabs are just too expensive or inconvenient (try hailing one when it is raining....) Uber has revolutionised how young people in particular travel around the city.

Khosrowshahi did not define which mistakes Uber had made in London.

That hasn't changed the fact that Uber threatened to appeal the decision in court, even going as far as hiring lawyer Thomas de la Mare who has a track record of beating TfL in the courtroom. A petition launched Friday by Uber to ask TfL to renew his license had collected 750,000 signatures Monday around 1 pm. This has led to London mayor Sadiq Khan (pic above) urging Transport for London (TfL) to hold talks with Uber.


The ban also affected the firm's strategy in the ongoing disputes with other cities.

Uber could remain on London's streets for more than a year - despite being banned by the capital's transport body last week. Stating that the company shows "a lack of corporate responsibility". "They have let down their drivers and customers by failing, in the view of TfL, to act as a fit and proper operator". Austin has ample amounts of public transportation and many Uber and Lyft-like apps started that abided by those newly implemented fingerprint laws.

While Khosrowshahi has adopted a more contrite tone than his predecessor, Uber hasn't abandoned the grassroots lobbying tactics that has helped Uber win favorable treatment from regulators around the world.

Earlier, however, he had accused Uber of reacting to the TfL decision in a threatening manner. The decision pits the popularity of the company among millions of customers, against regulators and taxi drivers who want tighter controls.

TfL made the decision after numerous issues that have happened over the a year ago regarding sexual harassment, public safety and security implications. While the ride-hailing app is targeting 1 million supporters, Khan defended his position that while he supports innovative businesses, all companies must adhere to high standards of safety and security.

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