Uber has been told that its current license to operate in London is due to expire on September 30.
Today, Transport for London (TfL) told the firmed that Uber’s private hire operator license will not be reissued within the city because the company’s operations were not “fit and proper”
The rejection of not issuing the license and Uber London ban will be a huge blow to Uber in the UK.Transport for London announce this just a week before the uber’s license runs out.
Transport for London explained the reason for not renewing the license because of lack of corporate responsibility in relation to reporting serious criminal offences, and its approach of obtaining medical certificates and driver background checks.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said in a statement:
“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.”
TfL’s regulation of London’s taxi and private hire trades is designed to ensure passenger safety.
The U.K. capital’s top transport authority told the reason behind Uber London ban by saying that the company is unfit and is not capable to hold such a permit.
The current license expires on 30 September and Uber has 21 days to appeal for a decision and will be able to continue to operate until that process expired.
In a statement, Tom Elvidge, general manager of Uber in London, said:
“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”
“To defend the livelihoods of all those drivers, and the consumer choice of millions of Londoners who use our app, we intend to immediately challenge this in the courts”
Uber said it would immediately challenge the decision of London’s transport authority of Uber London ban in the courts.