In new setback, Uber to lose license to work in London

Stopping traffic black cab drivers protest against Uber in 2016.     Dinendra Haria

The Sun newspaper reported a year ago that 32 sexual assault claims were made against Uber drivers in 2015/16, more than a fifth of all claims against taxi drivers filed to British police forces.

Also on the radio program was London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who said while he wants the city to be "a place for new technology", operators like Uber must "play by the rules". In response, Khosrowshahi penned an open letter in the Evening Standard, apologizing for what he said was "the mistakes we've made".

The city's transportation agency, Transport for London, said last week it would not renew Uber's license when it expires September 30, citing a lack of corporate responsibility and concern for public security. The company said it plans to appeal the regulator's decision, and can continue to operate until the appeals process is exhausted.

As we reported last week, Transport for London-the city's regulator for subways, buses and taxis-said it won't renew Uber's operational license.

Some Uber supporters say the critique is a smokescreen for a politically motivated decision to appease London taxi drivers, not protect public safety.

On Friday, just hours after Greater London's transport authorities decided not to renew Uber's operating license, citing a lack of corporate responsibility, Uber wound up for its first punch.

The apology is as vague as the accusations and gets them a meeting with Khan who has refused to meet since becoming mayor.

Lyft has already signalled it is looking at expansion outside the USA, and if it enters the London market Uber would face its first well-funded competitor in Europe.

So, if nothing else, Uber is at least offering the Transport for London office one statement: "Take me back, I promise things will be different this time". Meanwhile, the London mayor urged the thousands of people who had signed a petition against the ban to "direct their anger" at the firm.

"This was one of the odd things around the TfL notice yesterday is they are the ones who do all of the checks and license the drivers".

If you're freaking out that you've only got a few days left to grab an Uber home - don't worry.

TfL made the decision after numerous issues that have happened over the past year regarding sexual harassment, public safety and security implications. Uber also tweeted saying that they have been keen in following the procedure of reporting crimes. It now operates ride services in more than 600 cities, covering as much as 95 percent of the U.S. population.

It remains to be seen which strategy will work best, and Uber also runs the risk of antagonizing London officials by sending the mixed messages.

"You cannot have a situation where, however big the customer base or however big the driver base, an operator that's providing a service like this in a city like ours can simply flout rules and regulations and on things as serious as criminal records checks for their own drivers, and this goes to the heart of passenger safety".

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