Uber‘s license to operate in London has been revoked. The city’s transportation agency passed on renewing the ride-hailing service’s license.
Transport for London, who oversees cabs, buses and such, basically said Uber is the worst.
Reports the New York Times:
The agency took direct aim at Uber’s corporate culture, declaring that the company’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.”
Uber’s London license will expire on Sept. 30. But the company has been given 21 days to appeal — it immediately vowed to do so — and will be allowed to continue operating in the city during the appeal process.
A ban on operating in one of its largest markets — a global city where it has 40,000 drivers and 3.5 million customers who use its app at least once every three months — would hit Uber’s bottom line.
Transport for London said that Uber was “not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator license.”
Again, the worst.
Among the issues considered by the agency in reaching that assessment were how it dealt with serious criminal offenses; how it conducted background checks on drivers; and its justification for a software program called Greyball that “could be used to block regulatory bodies from gaining full access to the app.”
London Black Cabs are hella expensive, and their drivers are no doubt happy about this decision. However, what of Uber drivers out of a job and people who need cheap transport?
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