Tech giant ride-hailing app Uber have had their license to operate in London revoked amid security and safety protocols for passengers Transport for London announced on Friday.
Uber’s current license is valid till September 30 and have 21 days to appeal against the decision and can continue to operate while the any appeals are ongoing.
The service which is used by some 3.5 million passengers and employs 40,000 drivers in London will be hard hit as TfL justified their decision on the company’s approach to do background checks on the drivers.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan backed this decision by prioritising Londoners’ safety.
Uber responded by taking a dig at mayor’s motto of ‘London Is Open’ by saying ‘far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies.’
The app has been banned in the UK’s European neighbours Denmark and Italy after a spark of violent protests by the taxi drivers.
This news comes as music to the ears of London’s black-cabs drivers who have been protesting against Uber for a while now.
Soon after the decision was announced, Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi appealed on his Twitter to support them as there are 40,000 jobs on the verge.
The company also launched a petition ‘Save your Uber in Lodnon’ to reverse TfL’s decision which has received more than 426,000 signatures by Saturday morning.
Uber’s general manager in London Tom Elvidge said: “By wanting to ban our app from the capital, Transport for London and the mayor have caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice.
In a statement released by TfL regrading their decision, they claimed that Uber lacked corporate responsibility and that they have often failed to report the driver’s criminal records.
The latter later said that the US based taxi company was not a ‘proper fit’ to hold a private vehicle license in London.