Transport for London has announced it will not be renewing Uber’s private hire licence to operate in the Capital after its expiry on 30th September.
“TfL’s regulation of London’s taxi and private hire trades is designed to ensure passenger safety,” the organisation has said in a statement. “Private hire operators must meet rigorous regulations, and demonstrate to TfL that they do so in order to operate. TfL must also be satisfied that an operator is fit and proper to hold a licence.
“TfL has concluded Uber London Limited is not fit and proper.”
TfL says Uber has demonstrated a lack of corporate responsibility relating to issues around crime, medical certificates, staff checks and software.
TfL says it will not make any further comment because of any potential appeal to this decision.
Uber London’s Tom Elvidge has written a response saying, “We are sure Londoners will be as astounded as we are by this decision. By trying to ban the app from the capital, the Mayor and Transport for London have caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice.
“Not only will this decision deprive you of the choice of a convenient way of getting about town, it will also put more than 40,000 licensed drivers who rely on our app out of work.
“We will be immediately challenging this decision in court.
“If you want to continue using the Uber app in London – and to defend the livelihoods of 40,000 licensed drivers – please sign this petition urging the Mayor to think again.”