Uber pleads with mayor for deal

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25 September, 2017

While we haven't been asked to make any changes, we would like to know what we can do. The ban will add to the cost of living in what is already the UK's most expensive city Speaking to TNS about Uber, University of London student Ben Hadfield said: "I use Uber all the time, because they're so much cheaper than black cabs in London".

Possibly Transport for London and Sadiq Khan thought there was an easy propaganda hit to be had at the "gig economy" by removing Uber's licence.

TfL cited failures to report serious criminal offences, conduct sufficient background checks on drivers and other safety issues as grounds for not renewing Uber's licence.

Uber's license to operate in London won't be renewed because its practices endanger public safety and security, the local regulator said Friday, in a blow to a company already facing big questions over its corporate culture.

Uber's new chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, used a global email to staff to warn that TfL's decision could "have profound negative consequences for the 40,000 drivers who depend on Uber for work and the 3.5 million Londoners who rely on Uber to get around". The license is going to expire at the end of this month so unless TfL reverses its decision, Uber cars will be off the road in London next month.

"Mr. Khan has just been told that he will be given a platform at the Labor Party conference and TfL's decision is sure to earn him a rousting endorsement from an audience of activists and trade unionists". Uber has been criticized by unions and lawmakers too and been embroiled in legal battles over workers' rights.

"That doesn't mean abandoning our principles - we will vigorously appeal TfL's decision - but rather building trust through our actions and our behavior".

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Customers are also unhappy with the decision of TfL.

As Mayor of London I welcome innovative new companies that help Londoners by providing a better and more affordable service - but providing an innovative service is not an excuse for not following the rules.

But he also suggested that Uber might eventually be allowed to continue operating in London.

According to the public statement published by Transport for London (TfL), Uber is not fit to hold a private hire operator license.

Uber, which is valued at about $70 billion and whose investors include Goldman Sachs, has faced protests around the world for shaking up long-established taxi markets.

Based in San Francisco, Uber has always been criticised for its business practices, including the background checks it implements on potential drivers and for allegedly exploiting drivers once they have been hired.


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