Uber does not stop creating controversy. A few days ago we told you that Uber has been sanctioned by the FTC and will have audits for the next 20 years. Well, today the company has suffered a new blow in the British capital, the London transport company has rejected its request to renew its license with which it operated in the city.
Why has Uber banned in London?
In a statement issued by TFL just a few hours ago, the regulatory company has noted that Uber is not eligible to renew its license as a private transport operator in London. He explains that the private companies that dedicate themselves to this activity must comply with very strict norms, something that Uber does not do.
What is the problem? According to TFL, both Uber’s business approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of security – related issues.
And what does Uber say?
A few hours after the London transport regulator’s announcement, Tom Elvidge, general manager of Uber in London, made his own statement. He has commented that a total of 3.5 million Londoners make use of its application and that more than 40,000 drivers depend on Uber to make a living.
Thus, it considers that the decision restricts the choice of the consumers. In addition, he explained that all drivers of Uber are licensed by Transport for London and have passed all the tests necessary to provide this service.
Why the prohibition?
Some users feel that the London transport regulator’s decision is due in part to lobbying by the London Taxi Drivers Association, who believe Uber follows an illegal business model and threatens public safety.
Uber’s current license to operate in London will expire on 30 September. Now Uber has a deadline of 21 days to appeal the decision.
As soon as the news has been known, it has become viral. Many users have pointed out that this is just the beginning and that more and more cities will start to ban this service.
Source | TechCrunch