UK’s regulatory authority, Transport for London (TfL) has decided not to renew Uber’s license to operate cabs in the city. The authorities cite reasons such as Uber not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator license. It adds that Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrates a lack of corporate responsibility, which has potential public safety and security issues.
Overall, the reasons provided by TfL sound convincing until you realise that the alternative to Uber is London’s age-old taxi service, which has a terrible safety record. So, basically, London authorities are stating that Uber, which offers driver identification data and real-time tracking, is less secure than shady taxis with absolutely no regard for safety.
TfL has today informed Uber that it will not be issued with a private hire operator licence. pic.twitter.com/nlYD0ny2qo
— Transport for London (@TfL) September 22, 2017
Uber’s license to operate in London expires on September 30. The Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998 has a provision to appeal a decision within 21 days. So, Uber cabs will remain operational until the final verdict is out.