Transport for London (TfL) has ruled that Uber isn’t a ‘fit and proper’ company, and has rejected its application for a new licence to carry on operating in the capital.
With its current licence set to expire on 30 September, the firm has 21 days to appeal – which it immediately has.
Damning the private taxi operator, TfL said that Uber’s ‘approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility’ when it comes to doing things like background checks on its drivers and reporting criminal acts.
TfL also brought up Uber’s usage of the mysterious Greyball software, which blocks regulatory authorities from fully accessing its app for inspection purposes.
London mayor Sadiq Khan is chuffed with the ruling, saying: ‘I fully support TfL’s decision – it would be wrong if TfL continued to license Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoners’ safety and security.’
Uber, obviously, isn’t very happy about any of this. In a statement, the company said: ‘3.5 million Londoners who use our app, and more than 40,000 licensed drivers who rely on Uber to make a living, will be astounded by this decision. 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.’
Just a thought, but one avenue it might like to explore as it attempts to get its licence back is doing things like background checks and reporting criminal acts, which it’s been asked to. Like I said, just a thought.