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Uber to lose it’s licence to operate in London

After Uber’s application the renew it’s licence to work in London the Transport for London has rejected their application on the grounds that as a company they are not a fit and proper operator.
Uber’s licence to operate in London ends on the 30th of September but they still have 21 days to appeal so therefore are able to continue operating until the appeal process has ended.
The Mayor of London has said in one of his Facebook posts that he will be fully supporting the decision of the Transport for London. Uber shoots back quickly in response. In a statement, it said the decision would “show the world that, far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies.”

The document shown on the Transport for London’s Twitter account @TfL says:
“Transport for London (TFL) has today (Fridat 22 September) informed Uber London Limited that it will not be issued with a private hire operator licence after the expiry of its current licence on the 30 September.
TFL’s regulation of London’s taxi and private hire trades is designed to ensure passenger safety. Private hire operators must meet rigorous regulations and demonstrate the the TFL that they do so , in order to operate. TFL must also be satisfied that an operator is fit and proper to hold a licence.
TFL has concluded that Uber London Limited is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence.
TFL considers that Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrate a lace of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications.
These include:
Its approach to reporting serious criminal offences.
Its approach to how medical certificates are obtained.
Its approach to how Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are obtained.
Its approach to explaining the use of Greyball in London, software that could be used to block regulatory bodies from gaining access to the app and prevent officials from undertaking regulatory or law enforcement duties.
The Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998 includes provision to appeal a licencing decision within 21 day of it being communicated to the applicant.
Uber London Limited can continue to operate until any appeal processes have been exhausted.
No further comment will be made by TFL pending any appeal of this decision.”

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