Uber is a service that many Londoners use on a day-to-day basis. The company employs 40,00 drivers and they help 3.5 million Londoners on their commute to and from work. However, something has happened with Uber, which could bring the company’s operations in London to an end.
In a report today, the TFL have stated that the car-hiring app was not fit, proper and eligible to receive a private hire operator’s licence. There has been a lack of corporate responsibility with Uber, which, if given a licence, would leave the safety of the public in jeopardy.
Uber does not do enough to regulate its drivers, causing gridlock on London roads. Drivers also seem to pull up anywhere on the street to pick up their passengers, adding to this traffic build up.
Uber has said that it is going to challenge the decision made by TFL in courts, and in doing so they have 21 days to appeal.
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan stated:
“I want London to be at the forefront of innovation and new technology and to be a natural home for exciting new companies that help Londoners by providing a better and more affordable service. However, all companies in London must play by the rules and adhere to the high standards we expect – particularly when it comes to the safety of customers.”
If the customer’s safety is at risk then surely the wisest decision is to not relicense the company. It may be an inconvenience in London due to the fact that it drops of a large population of the city, but if Uber doesn’t win its case in court, then it looks like everybody will be back to the black cabs, or worse… public transport!