Uber Ordered To Leave London - Company Appeals

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Uber's new boss has apologised to Londoners for their mistakes and pledged to make changes as it tries to overturn a decision to strip it of its licence there.

Khosrowshahi also personally appealed to TfL following the decision to reject the application for a new licence, saying: "We are far from flawless, but we have 40,000 licensed drivers and 3.5 million Londoners depending on us". Although Uber's license expires on 30 September, it able to continue operating in London until any appeal processes have been exhausted.

With Uber's deadline for getting out of London just a few days away, we'll see whether Khosrowshahi can persuade the Transport for London officials to allow it to stay and operate on more friendly terms.

CEO Dara Khosrowshahi himself apologized and states that the company is open to change.

Uber's general manager in London, Tom Elvidge, claimed the users of its app "will be astounded by this decision" and said the firm would "defend the livelihoods" of drivers and the "consumer choice of millions of Londoners who use our app" by challenging the decision in court.

But the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, a Labour politician who has criticised the firm in the past, backed TfL's decision and attacked the Silicon Valley app's response.

According to the BBC, Khan welcomed Khosrowshahi's apology.

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Lyft has already signalled it is looking at expansion outside the USA, and if it enters the London market Uber would face its first well-funded competitor in Europe.

It has 21 days to appeal and can continue to operate while any appeals are ongoing. "These people will be in massive debt", added the father of four who has been an Uber driver for three years. Austin has ample amounts of public transportation and many Uber and Lyft-like apps started that abided by those newly implemented fingerprint laws.

The newspaper City AM has described the TfL decision as "political" saying, "Anyone who has used the app will know that TfL's decision to ban it on the grounds of safety is freaky, given that customers can track their ride via Global Positioning System and share their location and driver details with friends".

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

Today, Uber's new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, looked to begin that process.

Last August, Head of the Metropolitan Police's taxi and private hire unit Inspector Neil Billany alleged the company was putting its customers at risk by turning a blind eye to criminal activity by its drivers.

"You cannot have a situation where, however big the customer base or however big the driver base, an operator that's providing a service like this in a city like ours can simply flout rules and regulations and on things as serious as criminal records checks for their own drivers, and this goes to the heart of passenger safety". Uber said the ban would show that London is closed to innovative companies.

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