Uber loses licence to operate in London, as TfL refuses to give renewal

Digital transport service company, Uber has suffered a setback in one of its largest markets, after it was stripped of its licence in London by Transport for London.

TfL ruled the ride-hailing app does not meet the “fit and proper” requirements for private hire operators and so is not extending its licence beyond midnight tonight.

A spokesman for the transport body said “several breaches that placed passengers and their safety at risk” were identified.

Reacting to the trend however, Uber said the decision was “extraordinary and wrong” and vowed to appeal. It will be allowed to continue operating in the months before a court hearing.

TfL said it was compelled to act after uncovering a “pattern of failures by the company, including several breaches that placed passengers and their safety at risk”.

The scale of Uber’s operation and number of updates to the app have created concerns about future breaches of security.

Uber has 21 days to lodge an appeal.

It is the latest development in a two-year battle between TfL and the company over its operation in the capital.

TfL had refused to give Uber a five year licence in September 2017 due to safety and security concerns. But in June 2018 a judge granted it a 15-month licence.

In September this year TfL gave the company a two-month extension to its licence.

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