Londoners could still use Uber for more than a year after ban

Marcus Newton
September 27, 2017

Uber's new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi acknowledged on Monday that the ride-hailing company has made mistakes, responding to London's decision to pull its operating license.

He referred to a case where an Uber driver was allowed to continue working despite an allegation of sexual assault, leading to another more serious attack on a woman in his auto.

Uber's CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, issued an apology to Londoners on Monday (25 September), acknowledging the U.S. company had "got things wrong along the way" as it expanded.

In a press release, TfL stated that Uber "is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence", adding that the company'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".

"3.5 million Londoners who use our app, and more than 40,000 licensed drivers who rely on Uber to make a living will be astounded by this decision", Elvidge said, according to TechCrunch. The company will be allowed to continue operating throughout the appeals process.

As we reported last week, Transport for London-the city's regulator for subways, buses and taxis-said it won't renew Uber's operational license.

He confirmed Uber would appeal against the decision on behalf of Londoners, and he accepted the service needs to change in order to meet legislation.

Among those supporting TfL's decision was London's Mayor Sadiq Khan.

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Yet, Uber and Lyft can more often than not face opposition and controversial actions from skeptical city officials regarding the background checks of their drivers.

Uber has been banned in London, but rules are being relaxed for Uber - and taxis - in New Zealand from Sunday.

Khosrowshahi, who spent 12 years leading Bellevue, Wash. -based online travel giant Expedia, was the surprising choice to take control of Uber on August 27.

Since the decision on 22 September 2017, more than 760,000 people have signed an online petition to reverse TfL's decision.

"Until Uber gets this message then it will suffer lost trade as a result of its deteriorating reputation".

"This was one of the odd things around the TfL notice yesterday is they are the ones who do all of the checks and license the drivers".

It has 21 days to appeal and can continue to operate while any appeals are ongoing.

Uber came under scrutiny in Britain after it emerged that dozens of rape and sexual assault claims had been made against their drivers and when one of their drivers used his vehicle in a recent terror attack on Buckingham Palace. While the ride-hailing app is targeting 1 million supporters, Khan defended his position that while he supports innovative businesses, all companies must adhere to high standards of safety and security.

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