Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has welcomed a decision from Transport for London to refuse to issue Uber with a licence to operate in the city. The controversial US taxi operator currently has 3.5 million passengers who use the service in the city, along with 40,000 drivers.
“I want London to be at the forefront of innovation and new technology and to be a natural home for exciting new companies that help Londoners by providing a better and more affordable service.
However, all companies in London must play by the rules and adhere to the high standards we expect –particularly when it comes to the safety of customers. Providing an innovative service must not be at the expense of customer safety and security.
I fully support TfL’s decision – it would be wrong if TfL continued to license Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoners’ safety and security”.
Uber have said that they will be appealing the decision and said in a statement that customers and drivers “will be astounded by this decision”.
The company can operate under its current licence until 30 September 2017, but will need to successfully appeal the decision to operate after that.