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Uber faces London ban as licence revoked

Ride hailing service Uber has been stripped of its London operating licence by Transport for London (TfL), it has been confirmed, 25 November.

TfL cites “several breaches that placed passengers and their safety at risk” as the main reason for the revocation of the licence. Uber are certain to appeal the ruling and may continue operating throughout that process.

Uber is a popular method of transportation for delegates moving around London, used in most cases to travel from railway stations to venues when public transport is either unavailable or too time consuming

A TfL statement said: “Despite addressing some of these issues, TfL does not have confidence that similar issues will not reoccur in the future, which has led it to conclude that the company is not fit and proper at this time.”

Helen Chapman, director of licensing, regulation and charging at TfL, commented: “As the regulator of private hire services in London we are required to make a decision today on whether Uber is fit and proper to hold a licence. Safety is our absolute top priority.

“While we recognise Uber has made improvements, it is unacceptable that Uber has allowed passengers to get into minicabs with drivers who are potentially unlicensed and uninsured.

“It is clearly concerning that these issues arose, but it is also concerning that we cannot be confident that similar issues won't happen again in future.

“If they choose to appeal, Uber will have the opportunity to publicly demonstrate to a magistrate whether it has put in place sufficient measures to ensure potential safety risks to passengers are eliminated.

“If they do appeal, Uber can continue to operate, and we will closely scrutinise the company to ensure the management has robust controls in place to ensure safety is not compromised during any changes to the app.”