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TfL withdraws Uber licence

Words: Laura Edgar
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Transport for London (TfL) has announced that it will not renew Uber London Limited’s licence when it expires on 30 September.

The transport regulator explained that its regulation of taxi and private hire trades is “designed to ensure passenger safety” and private operators must meet rigorous regulations in order to operate.

TfL said it had concluded that Uber London Limited “is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence”. The body thinks Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility which could potentially have public safety and security implications.

These include its approach to reporting serious criminal offences.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said he fully supports TfL’s decision.

“All companies in London must play by the rules and adhere to the high standards we expect – particularly when it comes to the safety of customers. Providing an innovative service must not be at the expense of customer safety and security.”

Uber London Limited has 21 days to appeal the decision and can operate until any appeal has concluded.

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