Uber's battle to renew its license in London



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Uber has had its licence renewed in London but don’t start celebrating just yet

Megan C. Hills

'No matter how big or powerful you are, you must play by the rules.'

When we heard that Uber had lost its license to operate in London, our hearts plummeted as we started plotting out dreaded night tube/bus routes and putting money aside for the inevitable black cab. Well, Transport for London and Uber have finally come to a compromise after a lengthy battle which just wrapped up in a two day hearing at Westminster.

The ride sharing app initially had its licence revoked after TfL deemed that it was not doing enough to ensure ‘passenger safety’ and was not ‘fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence’. While Uber has faced issues around the world with licensing, losing London would have been a huge blow. According toThe Evening Standard, over 3.5 million people use the app and 40,000 Uber drivers form their network in the capital alone.

TfL’s prior choice not to renew their licence boiled down to their approach to ‘passenger safety’, which they said  has demonstrated ‘a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications’.

TfL has today informed Uber that it will not be issued with a private hire operator licence. pic.twitter.com/nlYD0ny2qo

— Transport for London (@TfL) September 22, 2019

They specifically pinpointed the methods by which Uber reports ‘serious criminal offences’, obtains medical certificates as well as their dealings with the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service – a government body which prevents ‘unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children’ according to their website. According toThe Times, Uber has investigated more than 2,500 of its London drivers for cases related to sexual assault, stalking and dangerous driving.

Uber was also slammed for their use of Greyball – technology that essentially blocks the British government from accessing the full breadth of their data and app, which prevents them from ‘undertaking regulatory or law enforcement duties’.






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Date: 05.12.2018, 07:20 / Views: 42184