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Uber banned from operating in London – what does that mean for other cities?

14,000 rides have taken places with unlicensed and uninsured drivers due to a change in its identification system

1y ago

Uber was stripped of its operating license on Monday by Transport for London after the authority cited a series of issues over the past several months.

TfL's primary issue with Uber comes from a change to the identification process for drivers, that allows unauthorized drivers to operate under active Uber accounts. In some of the 14,000 cases that TfL has found, these drivers were not properly licensed or insured, which creates a massive security breach for the company, and its users.

The mayor of London has backed TfL's decision stating that "it is essential that these companies play by the rules to keep their customers safe."

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Jamie Heywood, Uber's regional general manager for Northern and Eastern Europe said that decision is "extraordinary and wrong" and said that TfL has found them to be a proper operator just two months ago. "On behalf of the 3.5 million riders and 45,000 licensed drivers that depend on Uber in London we will continue to operate as normal and will do everything we can to work with TfL to resolve this situation," Heywood said.

If Uber's license is properly revoked in London, that would be have massive ripple effects on the ridesharing service's market presence in Europe. This incident could also result in equally extensive investigations occurring in other major cities like New York and Los Angeles which could result in similar findings.

Do you think that Uber should be given a third chance to operate in London? Or is this the beginning of the end for Uber? Comment Below!

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Comments (13)

  • I have operated a taxi for thirty odd years. The rules have changed a little in that time, mainly to close loopholes that certain drivers would choose to exploit. To me Uber is like any other taxi operator - they should just follow the rules the rest of us play by as set out by the local council and then it would be a level playing field. Unfortunately sticking to the rules has a monetary cost, so it is no surprise to me that a large outfit like Uber would squeal if their business model found the pressure of having to operate within the confines that the rest of us have to a bit of an upset to their advantage.

      1 year ago
  • It means no potential passengers will be struck with a hammer by a lunatic Uber driver.

      1 year ago
  • An Indian cab operating company OLA is going to launch in LONDON in the coming weeks and they have already started CAB DRIVERS HIRING DRIVE.


      1 year ago
  • If it happens in Melbourne I won’t be bothered it has descent public transport

      1 year ago
  • I have many reasons to like UBER against the average city Taxi platforms, Most of the time in the capital on my town you will find sweaty drivers on tank top shirts with the car reeking of humanity, but may god forgive you if a cigarette is lit on the back of the car, not to mention the fees are sometimes a bit abussive for just a few km.

    what UBER does? well your driver picks you up in suit & tie including a good hygiene, not to mention the car is as clean as the driver, you can rate the trip, pay the driver in advance... the trip is more luxurious & confortable.

    So... take notes if you want to earn more money.

      1 year ago
    • Suit and tie? In what country does that happen? In the US I have yet to have an Uber driver dress that formally. They have been courteous and clean, regardless.

        1 year ago
    • In Valencia I had many ubers pick me up dressed like that, usually in well maintained cars and good attitude as well

        1 year ago