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Uber London licence: 'Direct anger at firm' says mayor

27 September 2017, 12:16 | Vera Richards

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In the wake of Uber being stripped of its license to operate in London, the company's newly-appointed CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has penned an open letter to Londoners, apologising for "mistakes" made by the ride sharing platform. It was also not satisfied with Uber's approach to reporting serious criminal offences, its approach to how medical certificates are obtained, and its approach to how Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are obtained.

The city's transportation agency said last week it would not renew Uber's license when it expires September 30, citing a lack of corporate responsibility and concern for public security.

TfL stunned the powerful USA start-up Friday when it deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service for safety reasons and stripped it of its license from September 30, although the company can continue to operate while it appeals.

Khosrowshahi, the former CEO of travel website Expedia, replaced Uber founder Travis Kalanick as CEO just three weeks ago and he's got several major diplomatic battles to fight all over the world.

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Meanwhile, Uber London started a petition on Change.org to ask TfL to reverse its decision.

In the wake of London's bombshell decision last week to deny Uber's licence renewal, the embattled company's new CEO has struck a conciliatory tone. Uber. I'm glad to see that he is aware of the problems Uber is facing in London, " explained the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in a press release.

The apology is as vague as the accusations and gets them a meeting with Khan who has refused to meet since becoming mayor.

The initial background checks were carried out by a third party but TfL deemed them inadequate following a review.

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Transport for London (TfL) cited "public safety and security implications" among its reasons for denying Uber's license. A spokesman for TfL later said that the local government body responsible for the transport system in Greater London "are always available and happy to meet at any time".

The Times reported on Sunday that Uber had undergone ten inspections in the past four years - and had been been given a clean bill of health by TfL each time. As of Monday, over 700,000 have signed a petition to save Uber. Uber also faced a temporary ban in Italy that was reversed by courts in May.

A letter from the PMs to TfL claimed Uber allowed rape and sexual assault cases to develop and accused the company of paying its drivers as little as two pounds an hour.

His register of interests shows he remains a member of the GMB, the union representing many black cab taxi drivers and which has led a campaign against Uber.

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"If you play by the rules you're welcome in London, if you don't, don't be surprised if TfL takes action against you".



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