After recent criticism of Uber, Transport for London(TfL) have decided not to renew Uber’s license to operate in London. The service’s current deal expires after Saturday 30th September.
In Tfl’s statement they concluded that “Uber London Limited is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator license.
“TfL considers that 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 taxi-hailing app intend to immediately challenge the decision. They have 21 days to appeal the move and if they do so it can continue to operate as normal until the appeal is finished.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan released a statement siding with TfL’s ruling.
“I fully support TfL’s decision – it would be wrong if TfL continued to license Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoners’ safety and security.
“I want London to be at the forefront of innovation and new technology and to be a natural home for exciting new companies to help Londoners by providing a better and more affordable service.
“Any operator of private hire services in London needs to play by the rules.”
The general manager of Uber London Tom Elvidge has believes this decision will have a negative impact on London in the future.
“This ban would show the world that, far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies who bring choice to consumers.
“If this decision stands, it will put more than 40,000 licensed drivers out of work and deprive Londoners of a convenient and affordable form of transport.”
Uber has around 40,000 drivers in London, and is used by about 3.5 million customers.