September 30, 2017 – this is the last day that the ride hailing app company Uber’s private hire license in London is effective. It was reported in BBC.com that TfL decided that Uber is actually not fit and proper to still hold a London private hire operator license. This conclusion was based on the grounds of the “public safety and security implications”.
On these grounds, TfL was alarmed by the company’s approach to do background check on drivers and reporting serious criminal offenses.
The head of cities for Uber across the UK and Ireland Fred Jones said that the same safety checks as black cab and mini cab drivers in London is needed to be passed by the Uber drivers.
Uber, who has 21 days to appeal against TfL’s decision, confirmed that they would be doing an appeal on the said issue said, “far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies”.
Some of the firm’s rivals claims that Uber is not doing enough measures to regulate its drivers and that gridlock roads are caused.
While appeals are on-going, the company can still operate, knowing that 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers use the app in London.
“I fully support TfL’s decision – it would be wrong if TfL continued to license Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoners’ safety and security.” Said London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
“I don’t think it is a fair decision. Uber offers a flexible schedule, and a weekly income”, said one London Uber driver.