London Set To Ban Uber, Stating The Ridesharing Company Is ‘Not A Fit And Proper’ Business
Uber is set to lose their license to operate in London after the city’s top transportation authority ruled that the ride-sharing company was not a “fit and proper” business. Uber Technologies Inc. will not have their current permit renewed next month, meaning they must stop operating in eight days.
Transport for London (TfL) pulled Uber’s operating certificate, which any privately run car service needs to pick up passengers. Transport for London said the company demonstrated “a lack of corporate responsibility” related to potential public safety and security. “TfL considers that 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,” it said in a statement.
Uber responded in a statement that said, “This ban would show the world that, far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies who bring choice to consumers.”
Tom Elvidge, the general manager of Uber in London, issued a statement:
“40,000 licensed drivers who rely on Uber to make a living, will be astounded by this decision. By wanting to ban our app from the capital Transport for London and the Mayor have caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice. If this decision stands, it will put more than 40,000 licensed drivers out of work and deprive Londoners of a convenient and affordable form of transport. To defend the livelihoods of all those drivers, and the consumer choice of millions of Londoners who use our app, we intend to immediately challenge this in the courts
It should be noted that Uber has been working on driverless cars for some time now and rolled out a fleet of autonomous vehicles that require no driver in several cities including San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Tempe, Arizona.