Uber starts online petition to reverse London ban, gets 500000 signatures

Kristopher Drake
September 24, 2017

Transport for London, the governing authority, said that it rejected the application to renew the license because "Uber's approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility" by not reporting serious criminal offenses, obtaining medical certificates and background checks for the drivers.

On Friday, Transport for London said it would not renew Uber's private hire licence after finding it is "not fit and proper" to hold one.

In backing the decision to strip Uber of its licence, Khan said: "All private-hire operators in London need to play by the rules".

Following the decision, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, tweeted out to followers that an innovative service like Uber can't be run at the expense of the safety of Londoners.

He says that "providing an innovative service must not be at the expense of customer safety and security".

Will this reverse TfL's decision?

Save Your Uber in London was set up on the Change.org website after it was announced the firm would not have its licence renewed when it expires on September 30.

But Uber London general manager Tom Elvidge made a combative response, saying the London Mayor and regulators had "caved in" to people who want to restrict consumer choice.

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

Uber was defiant. The company said in a statement that the decision shows "the world that, far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies".

Uber has about 40,000 drivers in London, and is used by about 3.5 million people.

Khosrowshahi, who took over recently to revive the company's image after a string of worldwide scandals, tweeted: "Dear London: we are far from ideal but we have 40k licensed drivers and 3.5mm Londoners depending on us".

"For example, there have been allegations that some of its drivers in the United Kingdom have committed sexual assault in varying degrees of seriousness", our correspondent said.

A union representing Uber drivers said its members face going bust as they rely on money from fares to pay for their cars. "If this decision stands, it will put more than 40,000 licensed drivers out of work and deprive millions of Londoners of a convenient and affordable form of transport".

The California-based company, which was founded eight years ago, has been facing intense criticism in the United Kingdom over claims that it unfairly skews competition and that it has not done enough to crack down on incidents of violence involving its drivers.

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