London deems Uber unfit to run cab service, cancels licence

Wilbur Ross Secretary of the US Department of Commerce answers a question during the Concordia Summit in Manhattan New York US on Tuesday. — Reuters

Khosrowshahi, brought in to steer the company after a string of scandals involving allegations of sexism and bullying, later appealed to the city on Twitter with a self-deprecating style.

Taxi drivers must go through extensive testing before receiving a license, while Uber drivers have fewer requirements.

The GMB union, which represents black cab drivers, said that "other major cities will be looking at this decision and considering Uber's future on their own streets".

"The entire industry is based on abusing vulnerable people, the drivers are not happy but they will put their head down and keep working because they are stuck".

"Private hire operators must meet rigorous regulations, and demonstrate to TfL that they do so, in order to operate", TfL said in a statement.

Last year Liverpool council granted the company a five-year licence, meaning Uber could sign up Liverpool-registered private hire drivers.

A woman poses holding a smartphone showing the App for ride-sharing cab service Uber in London on September 22, 2017.

'As Mayor of London I welcome innovative new companies that help Londoners by providing a better and more affordable service - but providing an innovative service is not an excuse for not following the rules.

"I think what's happening with Uber is really not very justified in London". Uber drivers use their own cars, and drivers can rent a auto to drive with Uber if they do not own a vehicle.

The petition will be delivered to London Mayor Sadiq Khan, according to the fine print at the end.

Those millions of residents who use the service, which is in most instances considerably cheaper than hiring one of London's famous black cabs, are not happy about the decision.

He says that "providing an innovative service must not be at the expense of customer safety and security". Regulator Transport for London (TfL) said it would let Uber operate until the appeals process is exhausted, which could take months.

Count U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross among the critics of the decision to not renew Uber's license to operate in London.

Responding to the petition, Fred Jones, Uber's United Kingdom head of cities, told the BBC: "I think people realise that this decision by the mayor and Transport for London is actually because they have caved to pressure from a small number of individuals and groups that want to protect the status quo and reduce consumer choice and competition from London".

The letter - signed by Labour, Lib Dem and Conservative MPs - claimed the firm was an "unfit and improper operator" after police accused it of failing to report sex attacks on passengers by drivers. "We intend to immediately challenge this in the courts".

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