Uber fails to renew its license

Transport for London (TfL) announced that it will not renew Uber’s operator license. The current license of the California-based ride-hailing firm ends on September 30.

The transport authority made an announcement on its official Twitter account today. The tweet from Transport for London read, “TfL has today informed Uber that it will not be issued with a private hire operator license.”

TfL highlighted that the ride-hailing service firm was not “fit and proper” to renew the license. The factors contributed to the decision to ban license include approach to report serious driver offences, approach to obtain medical certificate, and approach to use its secret “Greyball” software.

Transport for London’s announcement:

Transport for London

Sadiq Khan, London mayor said, “I fully support TfL’s decision – it would be wrong if TfL continued to license Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoners’ safety and security.”

The decision gives a major setback for Uber, which is immensely popular in the capital city. London is one of the largest markets for the California-based firm, with an entourage of more than 40,000 registered drivers.

Uber commented that it will challenge TfL’s decision in court to defend the livelihood of 40,000 drivers and the choice of millions of customers who use its app.

TfL issued an operator license for four months to Uber in May 2017. This decision was made to take time to determine whether the five year license should be issued.

The decision does not necessarily restricts Uber from continuing its operation in the capital after September 30. It has a period of 21 days to appeal the TfL’s decision. This will enable Uber to operate in London till the process ends.