In a shock decision, TfL have decided not to renew Uber’s private hire license in London, calling the company ‘not fit and proper to hold a licence.’
Their license is due to expire on just September 30 – just eight days from now. In a statement, Transport for London said:
TfL considers that Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications. These include:
Its approach to reporting serious criminal offences.
Its approach to how medical certificates are obtained.
Its approach to how Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are obtained.
Its approach to explaining the use of Greyball in London – software that could be used to block regulatory bodies from gaining full access to the app and prevent officials from undertaking regulatory or law enforcement duties.
Uber can appeal the decision within 21 days, and can continue to operate in London until the appeals process is complete. The consequences for over 40,000 Uber drivers also hang in the balance.
More details to follow…