No more Uber in London, for now

Uber has lost the right to operate in London, due to repeated misdemeanours committed by drivers.

Around 14,000 trips were taken with drivers who faked their identity, says Transport for London (TfL), which has since ruled the ridesharing app not ‘fit and proper’ as a licence holder.

While travellers may be inconvenienced by this ruling, London cabbies would be rubbing their hands together with glee.

Having already lost its London licence in 2017, Uber was granted two chances to clean up its act. The latest extension of its licence expired earlier this month. The ridesharing app has been told to address issues with drivers, insurance and safety, says The Guardian.

“Despite addressing some of these issues, TfL does not have confidence that similar issues will not reoccur in the future, which has led it to conclude that the company is not fit and proper at this time,” TfL said in a statement.

“I know this decision may be unpopular with Uber users, but their safety is the paramount concern. Regulations are there to keep Londoners safe,” said London mayor Sadiq Kahn.

London is one of the app’s top five markets. The app plans to appeal the decision.

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

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