Looks like things are taking a turn for the worse for Uber. We know that Uber’s license in London got rejected due to a lack of corporate responsibility. The official transport regulatory body of London, Transport for London (TfL) says Uber is “not fit and proper” to hold a private cab operator license. However, reports now suggest that Uber’s license might get rejected in as many as 40 towns and cities across the UK.
Various counties and councils have started reviewing their policies. As of now, Nottingham and Bristol’s councils said they would keep a close eye on the case. As far as London is concerned, the company said it will appeal the decision. And its 40,000 drivers in London will be allowed on the roads until all the options for appeal have been exhausted.
Uber’s chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, wrote to staff confirming that the company would appeal against the ruling. He said he disagreed with the decision but it was based on past behaviour. He further tweeted an appeal to people of London to “work with us” in solving the issue.
Dear London: we r far from perfect but we have 40k licensed drivers and 3.5mm Londoners depending on us. Pls work w/us to make things right
— dara khosrowshahi (@dkhos) September 22, 2017
The decision by TfL was backed by the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, employment rights campaigners, and the trade body for the capital’s black-cab drivers. Sadiq Khan took to Twitter and 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”. He further added that “all companies in London must play by the rules”. ALSO READ: Uber facing probe in 5 Asian countries, including India: Report
According to reports, more than 450,000 people have signed an online petition sent by Uber to its app customers calling on Mr Khan to reverse the decision and reinstate Uber’s London licence.