After Losing Licence, Uber Could make Concessions To Retain London Business
Sep 25, 2017, 00:25
London Mayor Sadiq Khan and the city's taxi drivers union both said they supported the decision not to renew Uber's license. While we haven't been asked to make any changes, we'd like to know what we can do.
He added: "That requires a dialogue we sadly haven't been able to have".
The transport body has also questioned Uber's lack of responsibility regarding various security and public health issues, including its procedures for reporting severe criminal offences and obtaining medical certificates, as well its attitude towards driver background checks.
Uber has 21 days to appeal TfL's decision.
The decision to axe Uber was taken after the ride sharing company was deemed "not fit or proper", and also over "safety concerns".
"A blanket ban will cause massive inconvenience to millions of Londoners, all the while showing that the mayor of London is closed to business and innovation", he said. He then appealed to the people of London via Twitter urging them "to work with us" in solving the issue.
Half a million people have signed an online petition in under 24 hours backing Uber's bid to stay on the roads of London, showing the company is turning to its tried-and-tested tactic of asking customers for help when it locks horns with regulators.
This decision was made independently by TfL as the legal taxi and private hire regulator for London.
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi pleaded with TfL to "work with us to make things right", rather than banning the app.
"Providing an innovative service must not be at the expense of customer safety and security", he said. Saturday night the Save Your Uber in London campaign on the Change.org website had gained almost 600,000 signatures.
On Friday, the TfL rejected Uber's application on the basis that the company was not "fit and proper" to hold a private auto hire operator licence after expiry of its current licence on September 30. It succeeded in reversing regulatory decisions in London and in NY in 2015.
The Uber licence was revoked by the TfL, headed by Khan, a leading figure in the opposition Labor Party, who said on Friday that "all private-hire operators in London need to play by the rules".
A United Kingdom employment court ruled last October that Uber drivers were not self-employed, as the company argued, but should be paid the "national living wage" as if they were directly employed.
Uber has 21 days after the September 30 revocation to file an appeal.
Funny. In those pre-Uber times when there were more than five hundred charges of violent or sexual offenses in the regular cabs over a four year period nobody was talking about taking away the license of the Black Cabs.
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