After Uber apology, London mayor welcomes talks

Uber Will No Longer Have a License to Operate in London

Uber's closest USA rival in the taxi-hailing business, Lyft has repeatedly met with officials from London's transport regulator over the past year, a sign it may be targeting the city for worldwide expansion.

"Even though there is a legal process in place, I have asked [Transport for London] to make themselves available to meet with him", Khan said.

"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", TfL wrote in a statement, citing the company's approach to reporting serious crimes, and their unsatisfactory screening of potential and current drivers. The company will be allowed to continue operating throughout the appeals process.

While maintaining that the firm will appeal against Friday's decision "on behalf of millions of Londoners", he admits that "we also must change".

The company said that Uber failed on several safety issues, insufficient driver checks when hiring drivers and refusing to report criminal offenses that were considered serious.

Transport for London (TfL) announced in a shock ruling on Friday that it would not be renewing the ride-hailing app's operating licence, which is due to expire at the end of the month.

"I have every sympathy with Uber drivers and customers affected by this decision, but their anger really should be directed at Uber": London mayor Sadiq Khan.

He also joined other critics in arguing that it is TfL's job to carry out criminal record checks on drivers - not operators like Uber.




Uber will appeal the TfL decision, which could take up to a year.

Uber also wants to meet with and talk to TfL so that it can further improve the way it operates.

Earlier this year, Transport for London renewed its license on a limited basis, giving it six months to address concerns. It also started a petition asking the decision be reversed, which has been signed over 782,000 times.

"This was one of the unusual things around the TfL notice yesterday is they are the ones who do all of the checks and license the drivers". In it, the company accused Transport for London of wanting to "restrict consumer choice" and making a decision that would affect the lives of hardworking drivers.

London is Uber's biggest market in Europe and considered to be one of the taxi-hailing company's top three markets in terms of revenue.

Now, as brand-new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi deals with a stunning rebuke from London, the playbook gets another page: fight, but offer some diplomatic humility.

However, his register of interests show he remains a member of the GMB - the union that represents many taxi drivers.

"If you play by the rules you're welcome in London, if you don't, don't be surprised if TfL takes action against you".

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