Havering’s London Assembly member ‘delighted’ by Uber decision but has economic concerns

PUBLISHED: 12:32 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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Havering’s London Assembly representative has admitted that although he welcomes today’s news that Uber’s licence has been revoked, he is concerned about the decision’s economic impact.

Transport for London (TfL) announced earlier today it would not be renewing the budget taxi firm’s licence to operate in the capital, as it had deemed the company incapable of running as a “fit and proper” organisation.

Keith Prince, Havering and Redbridge London Assembly member, revealed that although he agreed with the decision, he was worried about the precedent it set for London’s economy.

Mr Prince told the Recorder: “Personally, I’m delighted with the decision, but I know there are many people who are concerned that Transport for London’s ruling today goes against the principles of a free market.

“If there are safety concerns, then they should be reviewed and action should be taken, but I’m not sure that shutting down an entire business is the best way to go about it.”

However, Tom Elvidge, London’s Uber general manager, said today’s decision shows that the capital is closed to new ideas.

“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 has confirmed it will appeal against the decision in court, saying it wants to defend the livelihoods of its 40,000 UK drivers and consumer choice.

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