Uber to be driven out of London
September 22—Uber, the online taxi service, is to be driven out of London, one of the most important markets in the world. The service is also available in Kampala.
In statement issued this morning, the regulator, Transport for London (TfL), said it had informed Uber London Limited that it will not be issued with a private hire operator licence after expiry of its current licence on September 30th.
‘TfL’s regulation of London’s taxi and private hire trades is designed to ensure passenger safety. Private hire operators must meet rigorous regulations, and demonstrate to TfL that they do so, in order to operate. TfL must also be satisfied that an operator is fit and proper to hold a licence,’ the statement reads.
The statement adds in part, ‘TfL has concluded that Uber London Limited is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence. TfL considers that Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications’.
TfL has concerns at the way Uber reports criminal offences, handles medical check-ups and the use of applications that make it difficult for TfL to regulate Uber drivers.