More than 470000 sign petition against Uber's London ban

Marcus Newton
September 24, 2017

London mayor Sadiq Khan has said Londoners angry at the decision not to renew Uber's London licence should be angry with Uber, not Transport for London.

The letter - signed by Labour, Lib Dem and Conservative MPs - claimed the firm was an "unfit and improper operator" after police accused it of failing to report sex attacks on passengers by drivers.

Other Londoners have been less restrained in their response.

In what was seen as a break with Uber's usual combative tone, its new chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi requested London to work with the ride service. Needless, it is a clear indication that a large number of Londoners are in favor of the company.

Business group London First said TfL's ruling "will be seen as a Luddite decision by millions of Londoners and worldwide visitors who use Uber", and would damage London's reputation as a global tech hub.

Uber, which boasts 40,000 drivers in London and claims that 3.5 million people use the service, plans to appeal against the decision by the Transport for London (TfL), which said the USA -based company's approach and conduct was "not fit and proper" to hold a private vehicle hire licence. It can operate until it has exhausted all appeals.

Regulators said it denied the license because Uber's "approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility".

A petition set up following the decision has been heavily promoted by Uber.

The post Uber loses licence to operate in London: authorities appeared first on The Independent Uganda:.

Uber, specifically Tom Elvidge, general manager of Uber in London, vehemently refuted the regulatory body's allegations. Pls work w/us to make things right. So it's worth examining how we got here.

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Many riders rallied to the company's aid.

Uber has turned to customers to help defend itself in other battles around the world, and an online petition to support Uber in London gathered almost 430,000 signatures by early Saturday.

The company, which has been valued at nearly $70bn, has been in turmoil in recent months over the conduct and subsequent exit of its founder, Travis Kalanick.

He wrote in a tweet: "Dear London: we r far from ideal but we have 40k licensed drivers and 3.5mm Londoners depending on us".

Several MPs have also waded into the debate.

The licence was due to expire on September 30.

A petitioner from London told the BBC that he added his signature because: "Uber provides a much needed alternative to minicabs and black cabs".

"For example, there have been allegations that some of its drivers in the United Kingdom have committed sexual assault in varying degrees of seriousness", our correspondent said.

Uber, in its petition, stressed that "safety is of the highest importance and drivers who use Uber are licensed by Transport for London and have been through the same enhanced background checks as black cab drivers".

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