Transport for London has reportedly not renewed ride-hailing firm's licence; appeal expected to be lodged
25 November 2019

Uber’s licence to operate in London hasn't been renewed by the Transport for London (TfL) regulator, striking a huge blow for the ride-hailing firm.

The operating licence of the American company, which was granted a two-month probationary extension by TfL in September, will expire by Tuesday. The decision not to renew was taken due to “several breaches that place passengers and their safety at risk”, TfL said in a statement. 

A ‘senior Uber employee’ told the City A.M. newspaper that the company is “confident” of getting a licence extension, but a source close to TfL claims this could still not materialise. 

Uber will likely appeal the decision, however, during which time it will be able to carry on operating in London. 

A statement from TfL said: “Despite addressing some of these issues, TfL does not have the confidence that similar issues will not reoccur in the future, which has led it to conclude that the company is not fit and proper at this time”. 

Reports suggest there will be a decision on a potential licence extension later today. Sources at TfL told tech outlet Wired that they're concsidering forcing Uber to collect biometric data of its drivers to ensure security and safety standards are met.

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25 November 2019

As seems the way these days the big corporations will lobby, influence and tie TfL up with an expensive legal process that Londoners can't afford.  I hope I'm wrong in this case! 

25 November 2019

you end up paying for the drivers mistakes,and your life in their hands to save afew quid,not worth it.

25 November 2019

What complete bollocks, ever ridden one?

26 November 2019

- More modern vehicles than Taxi stock

- Clean car interiors

- Polite drivers

- Mostly well educated and competent

- Drivers strive to be rated highly on every trip

- Much higher driving standards than registered Taxis

- 100% recovery of items leftaccidentally in Uber vehicles

Strong competition from Lyft & Yango

We use Uber very frequently, in spite of owning our own vehicle. Uber is used specifically where lack of public parking exists at required destinations.

26 November 2019

- More modern vehicles than Taxi stock

- Clean car interiors

- Polite drivers

- Mostly well educated and competent

- Drivers strive to be rated highly on every trip

- Much higher driving standards than registered Taxis

- 100% recovery of items leftaccidentally in Uber vehicles

Strong competition from Lyft & Yango

We use Uber very frequently, in spite of owning our own vehicle. Uber is used specifically where lack of public parking exists at required destinations.

25 November 2019

If there are genuine issues over passenger safety, then how does it make sense for probationary licence extensions to be granted? Surely the licence should be suspended until the situation is resolved?

25 November 2019

They stop in the middle of the road to wait for passengers or drop them off when there are parking spaces available,  they need driving lessons to get them to realise you don't stop traffic. They are the most discourteous drivers on the road

25 November 2019

more bollocks- and black cabs dont?

 

25 November 2019
lambo58 wrote:

more bollocks- and black cabs dont?

 

It isn't bollocks. They're a menace on our roads. The last and only time I used one, I asked the driver to stop and I got out after he drove down the wrong side of the road on 3 occasions, his excuse was, he forgot what country he was in!

25 November 2019

More to do with protectionism for Black cabs than Uber's safety.

 

You book an Uber you get the registration of the car coming, the type, colour, and even details on the driver.

 

Get in a black cab and you don't know who it is.   One driver in Glasgow was giving his victims glasses of Champagne claiming he'd just won a big prize in the lottery.   Then raped them in the back of the cab!   It's believed he pounced upon over 100 victims.   How is that "safe"?

 

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