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Uber call for sit-down after London strips operating license

Uber call for sit-down after London strips operating license

A source close to TfL told the paper that talks with Uber were a possibility and the move was "encouraging".

"Uber is expected to appeal to the magistrates" court under the Private Vehicles (London) Act 1998, with the court having the power to either reverse the decision or issue a license for a period less than the usual 5 years.

On Friday Uber stated its intent to appeal the decision (meaning Uber will continue to operate as normal for the foreseeable future) and started an online petition to drum up support among its customers in London.

Transport for London said that Uber demonstrates a "lack of corporate responsibility" tied to a number of its behaviors, such as failing to report sexual assault by its drivers and using lax background checks.

Meanwhile, the head of London's Metropolitan police's taxi and private hire unit accused Uber of being selective over which crimes it reported, telling police only about "less serious matters" that would be "less damaging to [its] reputation".

Uber has been the subject of a number of scandals, from accusations of sexism and bullying at the company, to unfavorable working conditions for its drivers.

From his comments, it appears as though the ban in London could be what was needed to force the company to improve its systemic issues, including its use of Greyball software to allegedly sidestep regulators in the UK.

Uber, which has its headquarters in San Francisco, claims to have 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers in the capital, who depend on the app for their livelihood.




The choice, which Uber intends to advance, raises the likelihood that different urban communities could be encouraged to take action against the organization.

Mr Khan said in a statement that it would be wrong "to license Uber if there was any way this could pose a threat to Londoners' safety or security".

A photo illustration shows the Uber app logo displayed on a mobile telephone, as it is held up for a posed photograph in central London on September 22, 2017.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi pleaded with TfL to "work with us to make things right", rather than banning the app.

Since its 2012 launch, Uber changed the London scene and the black cab monopoly game by undercutting prices. "What you get with a black cab is a metered fare and you know you're safe".

A United Kingdom employment court ruled last October that Uber drivers were not self-employed, as the company argued, but should be paid the "national living wage" as if they were directly employed.

The conciliatory attitude isn't completely unheard of, but it does suggest that Uber's change of leadership might be having an effect on the company's once antagonistic approach.

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