Thousands sign Uber petition in London

Violet Powell
September 24, 2017

The ride-hailing app firm has said that it would appeal against TfL's decision.

TFL said it was revoking the license because Uber demonstrated "a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications".

Specifically, it cited Uber's approach to reporting serious criminal offences, background checks on drivers as well as software called Greyball that could be used to block regulators from gaining full access to the app.

Its smartphone app connects passengers and licensed private hire drivers in real time using GPS positioning, which enables customers to track a vehicle on screen as it approaches to pick them up. "Pls work w/us to make things right", Khosrowshahi wrote.

"Mr. Khan has just been told that he will be given a platform at the Labor Party conference and TfL's decision is sure to earn him a rousting endorsement from an audience of activists and trade unionists". It develops, markets and operates the Uber auto transportation and food delivery mobile apps.

"By wanting to ban our app from the capital, Transport for London and the mayor have caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice", the company said in a statement. Uber drivers use their own cars, and drivers can rent a auto to drive with Uber if they do not own a vehicle. Responding to this, the new Uber CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, has emailed employees saying there is a high cost to having a bad reputation.

Uber won its licence to operate in Liverpool past year - but could the U.S. cab hailing app face losing its licence in the city? The company has been through a series a scandals, including sexual harassment allegations and drug use.

A petition set up following the decision has been heavily promoted by Uber.

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Taxi drivers must go through extensive testing before receiving a license, while Uber drivers have fewer requirements.

The taxi app has also been forced to quit several countries, including Denmark and Hungary, and faced regulatory battles in multiple USA states and around the world.

It also questioned the process through which drivers obtain their medical certificates and the practice of "greyballing", when the company uses a fake version of its app to fool regulators in cities in which it is banned.

Uber operates in more than 600 locations around the world, including more than 40 towns and cities in the UK.

Its arrival in London created a clash nearly immediately with the city's famed black cabs, which trace their roots back to 1634.

The company has some 40,000 drivers on its books, but has been the subject of a fierce campaign against the service by traditional black cab drivers, who say they are subject to much tighter rules and regulations.

Uber has also been criticised by unions and MPs overworkers' rights.

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