London Uber ban: regulators finally catch up with technology

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Uber Will No Longer Have a License to Operate in London
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27 September, 2017

The new CEO of Uber offered contrition for past mistakes on Monday, just days after London's transport authority said it would scrap the company's operating license.

"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", Elvidge said, according to TechCrunch. They will continue to take passengers until an appeals process is exhausted, which is likely to take several months.

In an open letter, he states that while the company "has revolutionised the way people move in cities around the world, it's equally true that we've got things wrong along the way".

The decision made by Transport for London, and any subsequent court ruling, will be looked at when Christchurch Borough Council considers granting Uber private hire licences in the town.

"I have every sympathy with Uber drivers and customers affected by this decision, but their anger really should be directed at Uber", Khan added.

Uber drivers like James Farrar, the chairman of the Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain's United Private Hire Drivers branch, wondered how they would pay their bills.

Transport for London has the mayor's support. In May of 2016, all ride-sharing apps including both Uber and Lyft completely ceased operations in Austin because of Uber and Lyft not fingerprinting their prospective drivers while Austin voters upheld a rule that would require Uber, Lyft and other transportation network companies there to do fingerprint-based background checks of their drivers, among other things.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has invited the CEO of Uber, Dara Khosrowshahi, to meet after he issued a public apology following its ban in London, which is set to come into force from the end of the month.

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Uber is casting around for a heavyweight British business figure to chair its United Kingdom operations as it fights a rearguard action to prevent the loss of its London operating licence.

He also pointed out that, all drivers on the Uber app in NSW "must hold a valid Driver Authorisation (DA) issued by Roads and Maritime Services before they can drive on the app. Drivers must pass a criminal and driving history check as well, as a third-party vehicle inspection to obtain a DA from the RMS".

The letter from leader of Uber seems to testify a willingness to allay somewhat strong tension that has mounted since Friday between large American group and London authorities.

"Until Uber gets this message then it will suffer lost trade as a result of its deteriorating reputation".

They also faced criticism for failing to obtain thorough criminal record checks for their drivers.

Uber was first licensed to operate in the city in 2012 and will see its current license expire on September 30.

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


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