More than 470000 sign petition against Uber's London ban

24 September, 2017, 00:55 | Author: Wilson Dawson
  • Uber petition 500,000 people have signed

The ride-hailing app was refused a new licence to operate in London on the basis that the company is not a "fit and proper" operator, Transport for London (TfL) has said.

It said Uber's "approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications".

The Uber licence was revoked by the TfL, headed by Khan, a leading figure in the opposition Labor Party, who said on Friday that "all private-hire operators in London need to play by the rules".

The city's transportation regulator, Transport for London, said the license will expire on September 30.

In the petition, Uber had pointed out that its service is used by 3.5 million people in the city and in addition to that, 40,000 drivers make a living through the company.

He said Uber had to address safety concerns and it was important that there was a level playing field across the private hire market.

The following are key legal challenges Uber has faced in Europe since it began operating in 2012 in London and Paris.

Uber has always been criticised for not reporting criminal offences, including sexual assault, in a timely manner or even at all.


The company has been accused of ramping prices during high demand for fares, such as in the aftermath of terrorist attacks in London in June.

More than 460,000 signatures have been added to Uber's petition on Change.org titled "Save Your Uber in London" as the company prepares to appeal against the decision.

The Uber service has become the darling of most Londoners, but in a city filled with well-known black cabs and minicab firms, there are plenty of alternatives out there.

Yaseen Aslam, President of United Private Hire Drivers union said thousands of Uber drivers face financial hardship as many are trapped in long term hire purchase agreements on their vehicles. But Uber hit back, claiming the move "would show the world that, far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies".

A French court fined Uber 800,000 euros ($957,000) in June 2016 for running an illegal taxi service with amateur drivers and slapped smaller fines on two executives in the first such criminal case against it in Europe.

TfL has said Uber can operate until the entire appeals process ends, which could take months. Uber asked its customers to "defend the livelihoods of 40,000 drivers - and the consumer choice of millions of Londoners".

The mayor acknowledged the popularity of Uber in the capital but said "it would be wrong for TfL to license Uber if there was any way this could pose a threat to Londoners' safety or security".

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