Transport for London denies new license for Uber

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Transport for London (TfL) today said it denied a new license for ride-sharing company Uber to operate in London.

In announcing its decision, TfL said, “Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications.”

Uber’s current license expires on Sept. 30, and the company has 21 days to appeal the decision. According to published reports, the company is planning to appeal and will likely continue to operate until a decision is made on the appeal.

“Private hire operators must meet rigorous regulations, and demonstrate to TfL that they do so, in order to operate,” the agency said in a statement. “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,” the agency added.

Uber London Limited was licensed as a Private Hire (PH) Operator in 2012. On May 26, TfL granted a four-month PH Operator Licence while it concluded its consideration of a five-year license.

“I want London to be at the forefront of innovation and new technology and to be a natural home for exciting new companies that help Londoners by providing a better and more affordable service,” The Guardian quoted London Mayor Sadiq Khan as saying. “However, all companies in London must play by the rules and adhere to the high standards we expect –particularly when it comes to the safety of customers. Providing an innovative service must not be at the expense of customer safety and security.”

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