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Uber petition tops 500000 signatures calling on TfL to reverse their decision

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the UK shouldn't host a visit from Donald Trump MATTHEW CHILDS Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the UK shouldn't host a visit from Donald Trump
Preston Stone | 24 September, 2017, 00:15

Uber asked customers for help in its fight with London regulators.

TfL rejected Uber's application for licence renewal on the basis that the company's approach and conduct demonstrated a "lack of corporate responsibility" which could have potential public safety and security implications.

On Friday, Transport for London said it would not renew Uber's private hire licence after finding it is "not fit and proper" to hold one.

However, deep contradictions can be seen in the confrontation, which is something new to people in Britain.

"But in the bigger picture, this is a potentially defining confrontation between the demand for cheap services and the power of regulators", The Times newspaper said on its opinion page on Saturday.

The GMB union, which represents black cab drivers, said that "other major cities will be looking at this decision and considering Uber's future on their own streets". It develops, markets and operates the Uber vehicle transportation and food delivery mobile apps.

While popular with passengers as a cheap and convenient alternative to traditional taxis the company has faced criticism for its working practices, including its insistence that it does not employ any of its drivers, and in June this year its co-founder and chief executive Travis Kalanick stepped down under pressure from investors. They have let down their drivers and customers by failing, in the view of TfL, to act as a fit and proper operator.

"Providing an innovative service must not be at the expense of customer safety and security".

US president Donald Trump and Khan have a history of bad blood
MARVIN GENTRY REUTERS US president Donald Trump and Khan have a history of bad blood

However, The Times said, "the timing of the decision is undeniably suspect".

The TfL decision was backed by the British capital's thousands of black cab drivers.

The TfL was immediately rebuked by Greg Hands, a Conservative Party politician and British minister for London. "This decision is affecting the real lives of a huge number of honest and hard-working drivers in London", the petition reads.

In an email sent to staff about London's decision, Khosrowshahi said he was "hugely disappointed in the decisions by London's Mayor and Transport for London".

"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.

A Rome court banned unlicensed ride-hailing services such as Uber in April this year, but the ban was short-lived after the company appealed to a higher court.

"The speed with which this grew shows how powerful online campaigning can be".

He said Uber had to address safety concerns and it was important that there was a level playing field across the private hire market.

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