Panic On The Streets of London as Uber Loses License Bid

Sep 27, 2017, 00:30
Panic On The Streets of London as Uber Loses License Bid

"Even though there is a legal process in place, I have asked [Transport for London] to make themselves available to meet with him", Khan said. "On behalf of everyone at Uber globally, I apologize for the mistakes we've made", Khosrowshahi said in a letter published Monday. The company has 21 days to appeal, a window in which it can still legally operate, and Khosrowshahi said in the open letter that Uber indeed plans to contest the decision.

"It's ... true that we've got things incorrect along the way".

Uber's new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, in a note to employees obtained by The Associated Press, wrote that he disagreed with the decision but it was based on past behavior.

The grounds on which this decision has been made are that "TfL has concluded that Uber London Limited is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence". London's taxi regulator, Transport for London, announced Friday that Uber's license would not be renewed.

"I take note that Uber has an army of communication experts, an army of lawyers - and y have launched aggressive threats to sue us", Khan said on BBC Radio 4.

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It also warned that its fleet of 40,000 drivers would suffer from TfL's decision.

"This is a role that the licensing authority is responsible for, not the company with which or for whom the driver works", Nolan said. Chief Executive Logan Green told the Associated Press in August that Lyft planned to go worldwide "in the not too distant future".

"By wanting to ban our app from the capital, Transport for London and the mayor have caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice", the company said in a statement.

More than 600,000 people have signed a petition to save Uber and more than 20,000 drivers have emailed the mayor over the decision.

In response to the Times report, Uber initially maintained that the software was only used to protect the company from users violating its rules - and suggested that city regulators searching for Uber drivers were the ones out of line.

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Of those who took part 76 per cent said they preferred Uber to black London cabs, and more than half (58 per cent) said the ruling had robbed Londoners of a viable alternative means of transport.

Uber is far from alone in this shake-up, but it does stand out for its success in what is now referred to as a 'gig' economy - individuals using technology to facilitate paid tasks.

Dara Khosrowshahi admits that Uber "got things wrong along the way".

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

Thus, when the current license expires on September 30, Uber's operations will be shut down completely.

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This added fuel to the suggestions that attacks on Uber had been trumped up following pressure on London mayor Sadiq Khan by lobbyists.

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