Uber loses licence in London over safety issues

Traffic in London (Photo: Sky News)

London’s transit authority on Monday (Nov 25) refused to renew Uber’s operating license over concerns about impostor drivers.

But the ride hailing-company is vowing to appeal the decision.

Uber called the decision “extraordinary and wrong,” and has 21 days to file an appeal, which it said it would do. But it can continue operating during the appeals process.

The transport in London cited “several breaches that placed passengers and their safety at risk” in its decision not to extend Uber’s licence, which expires at midnight Monday.

Among other things, unauthorised drivers carried out thousands of rides, the regulator said. “We cannot be confident that similar issues won’t happen again in future,” the authorities added.

Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi tweeted, “We understand we’re held to a high bar, as we should be. But this TFL decision is just wrong,”