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Uber Just Lost Its License to Operate in London

Uber Just Lost Its License to Operate in London
Meg Butler

Today, the Transportation for London (TfL) released a press release announcing that it will not renew Uber London Limited’s private hire operator license once it expires on September 30 2017, citing “safety and security” concerns.

The press release states:

TfL has concluded that Uber London Limited is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence.

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 London Limited is currently appealing the decision.


To read more, go to Transportation for London.

View Comments (3)


  1. gbs1112

    September 22, 2017 at 9:12 am

    This will be a controversial decision and the Mayor of London today said that all organisations including Uber must abide by the transport rules, but it did sound as if he was not too happy with the ban. Perhaps he hopes that it will stimulate Uber to clean up its act. Uber has proved very popular and had an impact on taxi and hire car performance that the public appreciate and do not want to see forgotten.

  2. sfoeuroflyer

    September 22, 2017 at 11:27 am

    This is tragic protectionism for traditional taxis. These objections are pure BS. What is it about taxi drivers that makes them so worthy of protectionism and suppression of new business models? Did we do backflips to protect phonograph record stores? How about typewriter companies? Progress happens. It seems that Europeans simply can’t deal with it. Uber has been attacked systematically all over Europe and we all are poorer for it.

  3. strickerj

    September 22, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Won’t they just continue operating illegally? Uber has certainly shown what they think of laws…

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