Rainham and Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas describes Uber’s London licence not being renewed as a ‘great result’

PUBLISHED: 15:15 29 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:19 29 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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Rainham MP Jon Cruddas has hailed the news that Uber’s licence to operate in London is not being renewed as “a great result” for the capital.

Transport for London (TfL) announced on Friday, September 22, it would not renew the budget taxi firm’s licence, as it had deemed the company incapable of running as a “fit and proper” organisation.

Mr Cruddas, who is vice chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Taxis, said he was pleased that TfL had taken the opportunity to show it was “a rigorous regulator”.

He said: “It’s a great result for all the decent London cabbies who have seen their livelihoods threatened, or in some cases ruined, by a company whose values are not those of our great city.

“This is a landmark decision which sets the bar for passenger safety and fair competition in London. It makes absolutely clear that corporate responsibility must be in the DNA of companies licensed to operate by TfL.

“There can be no place in our society for firms that fail to deal with serious criminal events, potentially leaving women customers at risk; nor for companies that do not have public safety to the fore.

“I am all for new, disruptive technology and competition but with it must come commitments to workers’ rights and fair corporate taxation. Uber has fallen woefully short on both counts.”

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: “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”

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

He said: “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 the decision, saying it wants to defend the livelihoods of its 40,000 UK drivers.

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