Money conscious Londoners will no longer be able to use Uber from the end of the month as Transport for London strips the taxi company of its licence.
In a shock announcement today, it was revealed that Uber’s request to renew its license was rejected by TfL and its cars will be off the streets by 30th September.
The ban, which TfL states is because the company is “not fit and proper to hold a license”, will cause dismay for its 3.5million users and its 40000 drivers.
TfL said: “Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications”.
Mayor and head of TfL, Sadiq Khan, said that “companies must play by the rules”. TfL says it cannot ensure passenger safety while Uber fails to adhere to regulations.
On London’s streets since 2012, Uber has been under constant criticism for how it treats its workers, accusations of covering up sex offences by drivers and how it carries out their background checks.
Tom Elvidge, Uber’s general manager for London, responded by saying that TfL had “caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice”.
It is true that the extremely popular Uber riled protest from rival taxi companies, most notably by the iconic London black cab.
Elvidge went on to say:
“Uber operates in more than 600 cities around the world, including more than 40 towns and cities here in the UK. This ban would show the world that, far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies who bring choice to consumers.”
Uber intends to appeal the decision, and has 21 days to do so. The company has the right to continue running as normal until the appeal is closed.