London’s Uber Ban

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Today Transport for London announced that they will not be renewing Uber London Limited licence beyond the expiry of their current one.

As of 30th September, the firm will cease to serve the capital as they have been deemed “not fit and proper to hold a private operator licence.”

The news follows a number of high profile legal battles surrounding the company, including sexual assault cases, a lawsuit from Google and perhaps the most well-documented was the episode where then CEO Travis Kalanick was caught on camera screaming at his own driver.

TFL have concluded that Uber will no longer be able to serve London due to:

  • Its approach to how medical certificates are obtained.
  • Its approach to how Enhanced Disclosure and barring service checks are obtained.
  • Its approach to reporting serious criminal offences.
  • 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.

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