Uber petition tops 500000 signatures calling on TfL to reverse their decision

London's Transportation Regulator Won't Renew Uber's License to Operate

A British government minister has criticised the London authorities for deciding to strip Uber of its taxi licence, a major setback to the US technology firm that has become a big player in the city's transport system.

Stronger regulations around taxi licensing and enforcement are needed, Leeds City Council has said as a row broke out over Uber cabs in the country's capital.

"The entire industry is based on abusing vulnerable people, the drivers are not happy but they will put their head down and keep working because they are stuck".

He said Uber had to address safety concerns and it was important that there was a level playing field across the private hire market.

An Uber App is displayed on a phone in London, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.

The company said it had 40,000 drivers and 3.5 million customers in London who used its app at least once every three months.

Transport for London, the governing authority, said that it rejected the application to renew the license because "Uber's approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility" by not reporting serious criminal offenses, obtaining medical certificates and background checks for the drivers. "Cancellation of Uber license step too far".

The city's transportation agency, Transport for London, said Friday that it would not renew Uber's license when it expires September 30, citing a lack of corporate responsibility.

Black Cab drivers block Whitehall as they take part in a protest against Uber. In light of those declarations, Khan stated that although he remains a supporter of innovative enterprises, safety and security of the citizens is of utmost priority.

Responding to the petition, Fred Jones, Uber's United Kingdom head of cities, told the BBC: "I think people realise that this decision by the mayor and Transport for London is actually because they have caved to pressure from a small number of individuals and groups that want to protect the status quo and reduce consumer choice and competition from London".

In an e-mail to Uber employees, Mr Khosrowshahi said he thought the London decision was unfair, but "the truth is that there is a high cost to a bad reputation".

"The 3.5 million Londoners who rely on Uber to get a safe, reliable and affordable ride around the best city in the world will be astounded by the decision to ban Uber from the capital", it said.

But that didn't stop him from praising the company or tweaking drivers. "We intend to immediately challenge this in the courts".

The Sun newspaper reported a year ago that 32 sexual assault claims were made against Uber drivers in 2015/16, more than a fifth of all claims against taxi drivers filed to British police forces.

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