Is Uber seeing its final days in the UK?
London’s transport authority announced Friday that it won’t be renewing the company’s license in the city, deeming it not “fit and proper” to operate in England’s capital, according to CNN.
“All companies in London must play by the rules and adhere to the high standards we expect—particularly when it comes to the safety of customers,” London mayor Sadiq Khan, who “fully supports” the decision, said in a statement. “Providing an innovative service must not be at the expense of customer safety and security.”
Uber has 21 days to appeal the decision, and they say they have every intent to.
“Transport for London and the mayor have caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice,” Uber said. “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.”
But while Uber prepares to fight for license renewal, London’s Black Cab drivers—who have long voiced concerns surrounding Uber passenger safety—are sighing with relief.
Maria Ludkin, legal director at GMB, which represents licensed London taxi drivers, stated:
“This historic decision is a victory for [our] campaign to ensure drivers are given the rights they are entitled to — and that the public, drivers and passengers are kept safe.”
Uber has definitely faced its challenges this year. In June, founder and CEO Travis Kalanick was forced to resign amid reports of spiraling harassment, gender bias and poor management within the company.