Uber New CEO On London Decision: Company Is Paying For 'Bad Reputation'

Trevor Jackson
September 24, 2017

"We are sure Londoners will be as astounded as we are by this decision", Tom Elvidge, Uber's general manager in London, wrote in an email to customers.

The city's transportation agency, Transport for London, said Friday that it would not renew Uber's license when it expires September 30, citing a lack of corporate responsibility.

"If you want to continue using the Uber app in London - and to defend the livelihoods of 40,000 licensed drivers - please sign this petition urging the Mayor to think again".

London's local regulator, Transport for London's (TfL) decision to revoke Uber's private hire operator license sent shockwaves among the residents of the city yesterday.

'As Mayor of London I welcome innovative new companies that help Londoners by providing a better and more affordable service - but providing an innovative service is not an excuse for not following the rules.

Uber started their petition on Change.org website Friday, The UK director of Change.org, Kajal Odedra said: "That is the fastest growing petition we've seen in the UK this year".

Stronger regulations around taxi licensing and enforcement are needed, Leeds City Council has said as a row broke out over Uber cabs in the country's capital.

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Unions are saying Uber is trying to get around the law, Al Jazeera's Baba said. A ride from Heathrow to the city might cost $50 in an Uber and more than $100 in a black cab.

"Any operator of private hire services in London needs to play by the rules".

"Transport for London and the Mayor have caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice", Uber said in a statement.

"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".

Last month, Uber was accused by police of allowing a driver who sexually assaulted a passenger to strike again by not reporting the attack, along with other serious crimes.

Uber, which is valued at about US$70 billion (S$95 billion) and whose investors include Goldman Sachs, has faced protests around the world for shaking up long-established taxi markets. Two years ago, the company ran such campaigns to overturn such decisions in NY and most notably in London.

The company pulled out of Austin, Texas, when it was told its drivers would have to undergo fingerprint background checks, but resumed services after the requirement was ended.

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