On Monday Transport for London (TfL) said Uber will not be granted a licence to operate in London, as the company are “not fit and proper” to hold a licence.
TfL said that they identified a “a pattern of failures” placing passenger safety and security at potential risk.
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.”
Uber are to appeal this decision therefore allowing the company to retain their licence until a magistrate makes a decision.
Dara Khosrowshahi the chief executive of Uber said on Twitter, “We understand we’re held to a high bar, as we should be.
“But this TfL decision is just wrong. Over the last 2 years we have fundamentally changed how we operate in London.”
In a public filing Uber said, “Any inability to operate in London, as well as the publicity concerning any such termination or non-renewal, would adversely affect our business, revenue, and operating results”
“We cannot predict whether the TfL decision, or future regulatory decisions or legislation in other jurisdictions, may embolden or encourage other authorities to take similar actions even where we are operating according to the terms of an existing license or permit.”