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Friday, 12 April 2024 – 13:33

Uber loses licence to operate in London

Transport for London (TfL) has announced that the ride-hailing firm, Uber will not be granted a new licence to operate in London.

The decision comes following what TfL have sighted as repeated safety failures. London Mayor Sadiq Khan said;

“I know this decision may be unpopular with Uber users, but their safety is the paramount concern. Regulations are there to keep Londoners safe.”

Uber originally lost its licence in the UK capital in 2017 but was granted two extensions. TfL has said that it identified failures which placed the safety and security of passengers at risk, including issues with Uber’s systems which resulted in at least 14,000 fraudulent trips in London between late 2018 and early 2019.

The Director of Licensing, Regulation and Charging at TfL, Helen Chapman said:

“While we recognise Uber has made improvements, it is unacceptable that Uber has allowed passengers to get into minicabs with drivers who are potentially unlicensed and uninsured.”

Uber has said the decision was “extraordinary and wrong” and will appeal it in court. During this time, Uber will stay be able to operate in London.

Andrew Boff, Chair of the London Assembly Planning Committee tweeted;

Scrooge has come early this year with Sadiq Khan’s decision to remove #Uber‘s licence to operate in London. This decision strips more than 40,000 drivers of their livelihood, denies Londoners a choice of transport, and will discourage innovation in our city.

The Unite Union has though welcomed the decision – Jim Kelly, the chair of Unite’s London and Eastern cab section said;

“Uber’s DNA is about driving down standards and creating a race to the bottom which is not in the best interests of professional drivers or customers” 

London is currently one of Uber’s top five markets globally. Uber also operates in many other UK locations, including Leeds, Manchester, Leicester, Sheffield, Bristol, Brighton, Newcastle, Edinburgh and more.

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