Uber Banned From Operating In London As License Is Revoked
22 September 2017, 11:44 | Updated: 22 September 2017, 11:47
The company will be forced to stop all operations on September 30th unless they can appeal against the decision.
In a decision that has shocked many, Transport For London have announced that they will not renew Uber's license to operate in London, forcing the company to cease operation in the city on September 30th.
In a statement released earlier this morning (September 22nd), TFL claim that the company's "approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibilty in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications". It also cites the company's poor reporting of criminal offences and how they obtain medical certificates as reasons for the ban.
Immediately, Twitter was full of dismayed, confused and occasionally delighted reactions as #UberIsCancelledParty became a trending topic:
Bet the Black cab drivers are absolutely BUZZING!— Oli White (@OliWhiteTV) September 22, 2017
"Taxi for Uber."— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) September 22, 2017
That's for giving me a 4.3 rating #UberIsCancelledParty— Theo Jazz (@Theo_Jazz) September 22, 2017
Uber being banned in London is classic bureaucratic bullshit. Hoping a workaround is found. Black cabs are outdated and overpriced.— Evan Edinger (@EvanEdinger) September 22, 2017
Loosing #Uber makes london more unsafe for young people, especially students who can't afford the ridiculous rates of black cabs.— Lauren Powell (@powell6269) September 22, 2017
Uber has 21 days to appeal the decision but if they are unsuccessful, the taxi app will no longer be able to run in London. This would be a major blow to the company as they claim to have 40,000 drivers and over 3.5m users in the city alone.
Read the full statement from TFL below:
TfL has today informed Uber that it will not be issued with a private hire operator licence. pic.twitter.com/nlYD0ny2qo— Transport for London (@TfL) September 22, 2017