London to End Uber Ride Hailing App Over ‘Security Implications’
22 September 2017 (12:58PM)
Transport officials in London say they will not renew Uber’s license to operate in the city due to “a lack of corporate responsibility” in dealing with the ride hailing app’s safety issues.
The regulatory body Transport for London said in a statement Friday Uber London “is not fit and proper” to operate in the city.
TfL considers that "Uber's approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications,” the agency said.
Among the issues cited by TfL are Uber’s approach to reporting serious criminal offenses and its use of “greyball” technology, which can be used to block regulators from fully accessing the app.
Uber said the city’s decision to end the app would show the world that “London is closed to innovative companies.”
"By wanting to ban our app from the capital, Transport for London and the mayor have caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice," the company said in a statement.
Uber has said it will appeal the decision.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan and the city’s taxi drivers union both said they supported the decision not to renew Uber’s license.
"The mayor has made the right call not to relicense Uber," Steve McNamara, general secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association, said.
"We expect Uber will again embark on a spurious legal challenge against the Mayor and TfL, and we will urge the court to uphold this decision. This immoral company has no place on London's streets."
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