UBER BANNED FROM LONDON | Uber is being banned from London for public safety reasons,Transport for London (TfL) has said.
TfL concluded the ride-hailing app firm was not fit and proper to hold a London private hire operator licence. It said it took the decision on the grounds of “public safety and security implications”.
Uber said it will appeal against the decision because it showed the world “far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies”.
Some 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers use the Uber app in London.In a statement, Uber said: “Transport for London and the mayor have caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice.”
Uber’s general manager in London Tom Elvidge said: “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.”
He said Uber operated in more than 600 cities around the world, including more than 40 towns and cities in the UK.
TfL’s concerns include Uber’s approach to carrying out background checks on drivers and reporting serious criminal offences.