Over 500000 sign petition backing Uber in London

23 September, 2017, 15:30 | Author: Benny Bass
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London on Friday deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service and stripped it of its licence to operate from the end of next week, in a major blow to the United States firm and 3.5 million users in one of the world's wealthiest cities. A petitioner from London told the BBC that he added his signature because: "Uber provides a much needed alternative to minicabs and black cabs".

On Friday, Transport for London said it would not renew Uber's private hire licence after finding it is "not fit and proper" to hold one.

Uber urged customers to sign the petition in a tweet posted at 12:41 p.m. Friday, about two hours after the London agency's decision.

"Uber's approach and conduct demonstrated a lack of corporate responsibility which could have potential public safety and security implications", the Tfl said.

The transport app will have 21 days to appeal the decision.

The licensing body also said it was concerned by Uber's use of Greyball, a software that can be used to block regulatory bodies from gaining full access to its app and undertaking regulatory or law enforcement duties, the Guardian reported. Some 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers use the Uber app in London.

A British government minister has criticised the London authorities for deciding to strip Uber of its taxi licence, a major setback to the United States technology firm that has become a big player in the city's transport system.

Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi stepped up Uber's response when he appealed on Twitter to Londoners to "work with us" to resolve the issue.

Ross, who acknowledged that the Uber issue is not one he is responsible for, nonetheless criticized European authorities for unfairly targeting American technology firms.

Company accuses mayor of 'giving in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice'.

London's mayor Sadiq Khan has backed the ban.

"Not only will this decision deprive you of the choice of a convenient way of getting about town, it will also put more than 40,000 licensed drivers who rely on our app out of work".

Uber, which is valued at about $70 billion and whose investors include Goldman Sachs, has faced protests around the world, including India, for shaking up long-established taxi markets and for not doing enough background checks on its drivers.

"It would be wrong if TfL continued to licence Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoners' safety and security", he said.


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