London Might Ban Uber In A Month

Uber was stripped of its license to operate in London by the city’s transport regulator- Transport for London (TfL) due to “pattern of failure” that put passengers at risk.

TfL claimed the decision is taken to change Uber’s identification systems that allowed unauthorized drivers to upload their photos to other Uber driver accounts. Inspectors discovered that 14,000 drivers used another Uber account, hence risking passenger safety while exploiting vulnerabilities in the company’s app. While the appeal will change nothing for passengers and drivers who the use the Uber app for the time being, but might result in a permanent ban of the ride-sharing firm. Uber has 21 days to appeal the decision.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan issued a statement in support of TfL’s decision as he tweeted, “Keeping Londoners safe is my absolute number-one priority, and TfL have identified a pattern of failure by Uber that has directly put passengers’ safety at risk”. This however isn’t the first time; TfL had previously suspended Uber’s license in 2017, flagging concerns with the company’s approach to safety. Following that initial decision, Uber was twice granted a temporary license to continue operating in the city. The first was a 15-month reprieve issued in 2018 and the second was a two-month permit granted by TfL in September this year.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi hit back at the regulator’s decision as he tweeted, “We understand we’re held to a high bar, as we should be. But this TfL decision is just wrong. Over the last 2 years we have fundamentally changed how we operate in London. We have come very far- and we will keep going, for the millions of drivers and riders who rely on us”.

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