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Uber’s trading licence will not be renewed when it expires on September 30, say TfL

PUBLISHED: 11:29 22 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:13 22 September 2017

Uber's current license expires on September 30 (Picture: PA Images)

Uber's current license expires on September 30 (Picture: PA Images)

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Budget taxi service Uber has been told its trading licence will not be renewed when it expires in eight days time.

TfL said the company is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence.

Uber have made immediate plans to challenge the decision in court.

Sadiq Khan said: “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.

“Any operator of private hire services in London needs to play by the rules.”

Uber say they want to defend the livelihoods of their drivers and consumer choice by appealing the decision.

Tom Elvidge, London’s Uber general manager, said: “Uber operates in more than 600 cities around the world, including more than 40 towns and cities here in the UK. This ban would show the world that, far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies who bring choice to consumers.”

Uber employs 40,000 UK drivers and the company claims 3.5 million Londoners use the app.

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting, chairman of the all party parliamentary group on taxis, said: “This is a courageous decision by the Mayor and Transport for London, finally drawing a line in the sand to make it clear that no company, however big and powerful, will be allowed to flout our laws and regulations or jeopardise Londoners’ safety without facing serious consequences.

“Uber has not shown itself to be a fit and proper operator. It stands accused by the police of failing to properly handle serious allegations of rape and sexual assault of passengers.

“It had to be dragged through the courts to recognise its responsibility to provide even the most basic rights and protections to Uber drivers. Its business model is based on saturating London’s taxi and private hire market to drive its competition off the road.

“That’s why major cities across North America and Europe have already banned Uber from operating on their roads.”

Steve McNamara, general secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association, has also welcomed the ban, saying “broken the law, exploited its drivers and refused to take responsibility for the safety of passengers.”

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