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Uber Will Be Banned From London

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Ride-hailing company Uber's license to operate in London will not be renewed at the end of September, the transportation regulator in the UK capital said Friday. The move deals a huge blow to Uber and will impact more than 40,000 drivers using the company's app in London.

Transport for London or TfL said it has informed Uber London Limited that it will not be issued with a private hire operator license after its current license expires on September 30.

Uber London was licensed as a private hire or PH operator in 2012. On May 26, TfL granted Uber a four-month PH operator license while it concluded its consideration of a five-year license. This license expires on September 30.

TfL said it concluded that Uber is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator license.

"TfL considers that Uber's approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues that have potential public safety and security implications," TfL said.

These issues include Uber's approach to reporting serious criminal offenses and its approach to how medical certificates as well as Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service or DBS checks are obtained.

In addition, Uber's approach to explaining the use of the software Greyball in London was also seen as having potential public safety and security implications.

TfL noted that Greyball could be used to block regulatory bodies from gaining full access to the app and also prevent officials from undertaking regulatory or law enforcement duties.

Uber has the right to appeal the licensing decision within twenty one days of it being communicated to the company. It will be allowed to operate until any appeal processes have been exhausted.

In response, Uber stated, "Transport for London and the mayor have caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice. To defend the livelihoods of all those drivers, and the consumer choice of millions of Londoners who use our app, we intend to immediately challenge this in the courts."

by RTT Staff Writer

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