Uber and Out? The Future of Uber in London

Tom Elvidge, general manager of Uber in London, told the newspaper his company would like to meet to resolve the situation. Irrespective of whether we did everything that is being said about us in London today (and to be clear, I don't think we did), it really matters what people think of us, especially in a global business like ours, where actions in one part of the world can have serious consequences in another.

London's transport authorities stunned the powerful USA start-up on Friday when they deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service for safety reasons and stripped it of its license from September 30, although it can operate while it appeals.

In its ruling, TfL had raised concerns over Uber's approach to reporting serious criminal offences and how it obtained enhanced criminal records checks for drivers.

Although the firm's current license expires on the last day of this month, it has a period of 21 days to appeal and Uber cars shall continue to remain on the city's streets until then.

Ride hailing app Uber indicated it is ready to make changes to the way it operates to avoid a ban in London after the city authorities refused its application for a new license Friday.

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Many Uber users have to rely on the app when public transport is out of reach in London.

I know that Uber has become a popular service for many Londoners - but it would be wrong for TfL to licence Uber if there was any way this could pose a threat to Londoners' safety or security.

Over 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers use the Uber platform in London, while Uber operates in more than 600 cities around the world.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, a member of the opposition Labour Party, backed the move. The decision in their favour was thought to open up the possibility of claims from all of its 40,000 drivers in the United Kingdom, who are now not entitled to holiday pay, pensions or other workers' rights.

James Farrar, chairman of the Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain's United Private Hire Drivers branch, said: "This is a devastating blow for 30,000 Londoners who now face losing their job and being saddled with unmanageable vehicle-related debt".

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Customers are also unhappy with the decision of TfL.

Uber has always been a target of complaints from taxi drivers and companies.

Transport for London (TfL) has announced that Uber will not be issued a new private hire licence.

While Uber doesn't have that much of a choice if it wants to return to such an important market (TfL has the upper hand here), it's notable that Uber is changing its tone more quickly than it has in the past. Of course, that must mean that their main competitors, the London Black Cabs (which have deep ties to the municipal government) must be much safer, right?

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