Uber considers next steps after losing license to operate in London

Sep 25, 2017, 00:25
Uber considers next steps after losing license to operate in London

Uber says that it will appeal the decision and will operate as usual until the matter is settled.

More than 500,000 people have signed an online petition protesting the decision not to renew Uber's license. According to the Guardian, that process could take months.

Ride-hailing app Uber will not be issued a new private hire licence, Transport for London (TfL) said on Friday.

He added: "That requires a dialogue we sadly haven't been able to have".

Lyft competes with Uber in hundreds of USA cities and has styled itself as a more ethical and responsible operator than its bigger rival. "But as Uber's problems worsen, regulators feel emboldened to proceed and rightly sense that it's particularly urgent for them to do so".

Police in London accused Uber last month of not reporting a sexual assault by a driver on a passenger, allowing the driver to strike again. In Denmark, Uber had talked about guaranteed benefits like paid sick time - it may promise better conditions for drivers.

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.

Uber may have lost its London taxi license with no small amount of drama, but it's already willing to make concessions.

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During a stand-off in New York City in 2015, Uber named a mock feature on its app after the city's mayor, Bill de Blasio, and used it to warn that a regulatory proposal he backed could increase waits for rides. We never, ever would have gotten Uber into upstate NY this year had it not been for a massive petition campaign and surveys showing that long standing state legislators were going to lose their jobs unless they approved it.

The company was open to sitting down with regulators to find out what it could do to save its operations. There's no secret as to what changes Uber is likely to make, at least.

In a statement to media, Tom Elvidge, Uber London's GM has expressed the concern about Uber drivers in London.

A message appears on the Uber app on a mobile telephone in response to Transport For London's decision not to renew its license, in central London, Britain on September 22, 2017. "The big underlying dynamic is that the city government has chose to cave or protect the black cabs in London", he said.

However, The Times said, "the timing of the decision is undeniably suspect". All companies in London must play by the rules and adhere to the high standards we expect - particularly when it comes to the safety of customers.

Uber should have called itself Unter.

Whether Uber continues such tactics is unclear.

Business Insider had anticipated the outcome since taxi drivers have always opposed Uber because its on-the-spot drivers put them out of business without having to pay any fees and without any knowledge of the city's roads.