More than 400000 people sign Uber petition in London

Carla Harmon
September 23, 2017

City authorities accused the company of failing to ensure "passenger safety" after a string of allegations the company failed to report sex attacks by drivers.

"I think what's happening with Uber is really not very justified in London", Ross said.

Uber has said it will contest the decision.

On Friday, the regulator said Uber was not "fit and proper" to hold a London private hire operator licence on the grounds of "public safety and security implications", the BBC reported.

Uber has 21 days to appeal, during which it can continue to operate in London.

And with Uber's licence in Liverpool not due for renewal until 2021, TfL's decision is unlikely to have any impact on people using the app here.

TfL's concerns include Uber's approach to carrying out background checks on drivers and reporting serious criminal offences.


"Transport for London and the mayor have caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice", it said. "Pls work w/us to make things right", Khosrowshahi wrote.

Many riders rallied to the company's aid.

The petition had gained more than 483,000 signatures by Saturday morning, just a day after being launched.

Post-Kalanick woesThe loss of the San Francisco-based start-up's licence comes after a tumultuous few months that led to former CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick being forced out.

However, Uber's legal team approved operational use of the tool, and it's been used in cities like Boston, Las Vegas and Paris and in countries like Australia, China and South Korea.

The company has already been forced to leave several countries, including Denmark and Hungary, and has faced regulatory battles in multiple USA states and countries around the world.

Uber's general manager in London Tom Elvidge claimed users of its app "will be astounded by this decision".


In London, Uber has faced criticism from unions, lawmakers and traditional black cab drivers over working conditions.

Twitter has also poked fun at Uber's competitors, imagining their delight at Uber's loss.

Of the 154 allegations of rape or sexual assault made to police in London between February 2015 and February 2016 in which the suspect was a taxi driver, 32 concerned Uber, according to the capital's police force.

Those millions of residents who use the service, which is in most instances considerably cheaper than hiring one of London's famous black cabs, are not happy about the decision.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he fully supported the decision to revoke Uber's licence, saying all companies needed to "play by the rules". "The safety and security of Londoners must come first".

"This immoral company has no place on London's streets".


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