Uber won't get new London licence; report

Uber won't get new London licence; report

Uber won't get new London licence; report

At the heart of "Makes Sense" push was a film showing a diner in a restaurant describing exactly how much she knew about her driver before she met him; underscoring how the Uber app divulges drivers names, pictures, ratings, auto make and colour as well as their private hire licence number to riders before they hop in a vehicle.

The company's app has a vulnerability that allowed thousands of unauthorized users to pose as Uber drivers by uploading their photos to licensed accounts, Transport for London said in a statement on Monday.

"While Uber has worked to address these issues, they highlight the potential safety risk to passengers of weak systems and processes".

The regulator also found dismissed or suspended drivers had been able to create Uber accounts and carry passengers.

Although Uber remedied the issue, TfL remains concerned that the systems underpinning the platform are easily manipulated by bad actors.

"Keeping Londoners safe is my absolute number-one priority, and TfL have identified a pattern of failure by Uber that has directly put passengers' safety at risk".

Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber's chief executive, said even though the company should be "held to a high bar", the decision was "just wrong".

Uber had been operating on a two-month license that runs out on Monday, the latest extension while TfL reviewed changes the firm was making to the way it operates.

"As the regulator of taxi and private hire services in London, TfL is required to make a decision on Uber's fitness and propriety before its current licence expires".

TfL pledged to "closely scrutinise" the firm during this period.

Having previously granted a licence after a similar stand-off in 2017, TfL has refused to renew it again, citing failures in passenger safety and security as the reason.

Its shares listed in Frankfurt were down 2.3 per cent at 1100 GMT.

Taxi drivers say they are "over the moon" after the decision to scarp Uber from parts of Kent.

London is a timely reminder that you can't count on growth to cover up the cracks of a business model that is fundamentally flawed. It is allowed to continue to operate until the process is completed. Funding raised through this channel is ring-fenced to be used as grants for drivers who need support to buy an EV.

Shanker Singham, director of trade and competition at free-market think-tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said it was "a dark day for competition and progress in the UK". As a capital city, London is hugely influential, and seeing TfL take a stand could encourage other cities and locales to do the same. It is unpopular with competitors, who operate London's iconic boxy black cabs.

And it's not like there isn't precedent for a European country showing Uber the boot.

"We can not predict whether the TfL decision, or future regulatory decisions or legislation in other jurisdictions, may embolden or encourage other authorities to take similar actions even where we are operating according to the terms of an existing license or permit".

James Farrar, chairman of the United Private Hire Drivers branch of the IWGB union, warned that TfL's stance would "come as a hammer blow" to its drivers.

A union for London private-hire drivers called it a "hammer blow" to tens of thousands of self-employed drivers, warning they could not only lose their income but also struggle to pay their vehicle lease debts.

It doesn't believe Uber can manage itself to prevent such issues in the future and has decided that Uber isn't fit and proper to operate at this time.

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