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Uber looses its licence to operate in London

The Transport for London (TfL) on Friday refuted Uber of its private hire operator licence on the grounds of ‘public safety and security implications’. The giant cab start-up had approximately 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers using the Uber app in London.

 

The concerns over the safety on the reports of sexual assaults by Uber drivers, illegitimate background checks have been growing all along. The speculation of this decision was anticipated for quite some time now. The company is also accused of carrying sting operations on its drivers, over-looking traffic rule making inroads for haters and opponents.

 

The car-hire app has faced opposition all around the world now. However, responding to the decision of Tfl Uber said, ‘Transport for London and the mayor have caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice of millions of Londoners” who use our app, we intend to immediately challenge this in the courts’.

 

Uber seems to be in no mood to take the refusal and has made it clear that it will challenge the decision in the court. Tom Elvidge, General Manger Uber London, said, ‘To defend the livelihoods of all those drivers, and consumer choice of millions of Londoners who use our app, we intend to immediately challenge this in the courts’.

 

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan giving his reaction to the decision on TfL said, ‘I fully support TfLs decision- it would be wrong if TfL continued to licence Uber if there is any way that this could pose a thread to Londoners’ safety and security. Any operator of private hire service in London needs to play by the rules.’

 

Uber has 21 days to appeal TfLs decision.

 

 

Neha Mishra

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