Blame the company, not me, says London's mayor after Uber ban

Alicia Cross
September 24, 2017

Transport for London said Friday it had rejected Uber's application for a new license because the company was not a "fit and proper" private auto hire operator.

Have you read Trendiee Today? However, Tom Elvidge, General Manager of Uber in London, said in a statement that an "independent review found that "greyball" has never been used or considered in the United Kingdom".

Last year Liverpool council granted the company a five-year licence, meaning Uber could sign up Liverpool-registered private hire drivers.

Specifically, it cited Uber's approach to reporting serious criminal offences, background checks on drivers and software called Greyball that could be used to block regulators from gaining full access to the app.

Khosrowshahi reiterated that the company will "vigorously" appeal the Transport for London's decision to revoke the company's license but that it should also build trust through its actions and behavior in order to become more acceptable, given is very bad track record so far.

Jeremy Corbyn backed the mayor and Transport for London, which made the shock ruling yesterday.

More than 460,000 signatures have been added to Uber's petition on titled "Save Your Uber in London" as the company prepares to appeal against the decision.

'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. "The safety and security of customers must be paramount".

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Uber London general manager Tom Elvidge responded that the mayor, who supported the decision, and regulators had "caved in" to people who want to restrict consumer choice. The transport app will have 21 days to appeal the decision.

"I fully support TfL's decision - it would be wrong if TfL continued to license Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoners' safety and security".

Transport for London (TfL), chaired by London mayor Sadiq Khan, had announced that it will not to renew Uber's Operator Licence when it expires on September 30 as it was not a "fit and proper" operator.

Uber claimed that the ban showed the world that "London is far from being open and is closed to innovative companies".

Uber said it meant to challenge the decision immediately in the courts.

Uber operates in more than 600 locations around the world, including more than 40 towns and cities in the UK.

While popular with passengers as a cheap and convenient alternative to traditional taxis the company has faced criticism for its working practices, including its insistence that it does not employ any of its drivers, and in June this year its co-founder and chief executive Travis Kalanick stepped down under pressure from investors.

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