Uber’s London licence not renewed

Transport for London (TfL) has said it will not grant a renewal of licence to Uber as the company has suffered repeated safety failures in its assessment.

TfL stated that, “Uber London Limited found to be not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence” in its official release.

Despite acknowledging that Uber had made a number of positive changes and improvements to its culture, leadership and systems since it was granted it a licence in June 2018, TfL said that there were a pattern of failures by the company including several breaches that placed passengers and their safety at risk.

Legislation means that Uber now has 21 days to appeal, during which it can continue to operate pending any appeal and throughout any potential appeals process.

Helen Chapman, director of licensing, regulation and charging at TfL, said: “While we recognise Uber has made improvements, it is unacceptable that Uber has allowed passengers to get into minicabs with drivers who are potentially unlicensed and uninsured.”

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