More than 470000 sign petition against Uber's London ban

23 September, 2017, 15:31 | Author: Christian Benson
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Save Your Uber in London was set up on the Change.org website after it was announced the firm would not have its licence renewed when it expires on September 30. He told employees the company needed to act with integrity but that he did not believe Uber had done everything it was accused of in London.

London's transport authority has revoked the license for taxi app Uber to operate in the British capital, and Londoners are freaking out.

Almost half a million people have signed a petition calling for Transport for London to reverse its decision to strip Uber's licence in the capital.

"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", Khan said.

Uber has 21 days to appeal, during which it can continue to operate in London.

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In what was seen as a break with Uber's usual combative tone, its new chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi requested London to work with the ride service.

A British government minister has criticised the London authorities for deciding to strip Uber of its taxi licence, a major setback to the U.S. technology firm that has become a big player in the city's transport system.

The authority highlighted Uber's approach to reporting serious criminal offences, obtaining medical certificates and background checks on drivers, and its explanation of the use of "greyball" software that it said could be used to thwart regulators.

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Uber has overcome obstacles in a number of cities around the world.

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London's traditional black cab drivers have attacked Uber, saying it has undercut safety rules and threatened their livelihoods.

The company has already been forced to leave several countries, including Denmark and Hungary, and has faced regulatory battles in multiple U.S. states and countries around the world. Uber has been criticised by unions and lawmakers too and been embroiled in legal battles over workers' rights.

Those millions of residents who use the service, which is in most instances considerably cheaper than hiring one of London's famous black cabs, are not happy about the decision.

"This ban shows the world that London is far from being open and is closed to innovative companies, who bring choice to consumers and work opportunities to those who need them". "The safety and security of Londoners must come first".

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