Uber Ready to Compromise to Keep London License

by Susie Olson September 27, 2017, 0:30
Uber Ready to Compromise to Keep London License

The UK's capital has an extensive ecosystem of buses, trains, and, crucially, black taxis.

Uber will not leave London without a fight.

It also warned that its fleet of 40,000 drivers would suffer from TfL's decision.

So what happened to Uber in London?

Since the decision on 22 September 2017, more than 760,000 people have signed an online petition to reverse TfL's decision.

Uber can continue to operate until the appeal process completes.

"Obviously I am pleased that he has acknowledged the issues that Uber faces in London", he said in a statement. The transport authority cited reasons such as approach to report serious driver offences, health checkups, and other safety issues.

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London isn't the first to ban Uber, which has challenged legislation and competition that has traditionally been the realm of taxis in many parts of the world.

Why is Uber so controversial?

Andrew Boff, a Conservative member of the London Assembly, said: "Operators don't do background checks". They spend years completing an exhaustive exam called The Knowledge, learning every road in London.

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However, his register of interests show he remains a member of the GMB - the union that represents many taxi drivers.

It also emerged while private mini cabs have always been seen as a risky option, that is not the case for Uber.

In an open letter, he states that while the company "has revolutionised the way people move in cities around the world, it's equally true that we've got things wrong along the way".

The new rules also change the requirement for in-vehicle cameras - there is an exemption for services provided only to registered passengers who provide their details in advance. We don't have to wait on the street for a mini-cab anymore.

Whatever my personal travel preferences, Uber clearly has important issues to deal with. They must also improve rights and conditions for drivers.

While the latter is seemingly aimed at TfL's claims that Uber deliberately under-reported crimes, Khosrowshahi was careful to avoid directly addressing the allegations with legal proceedings underway.

Uber's new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, in a note to employees obtained by The Associated Press, wrote that he disagreed with the decision but it was based on past behavior.

While Uber London Limited can appeal the decision, if the ban goes ahead it will be one of the biggest blows to date for the global technology company, which in spite of its huge success has stood accused in recent years of poor work culture and ethics.

This contrite tone was not something heard from previous CEO, founder Travis Kalanick.

As Uber has upended the global transportation industry, it has also invited controversy.

An appeal against TfL's ruling - which denied the controversial company a licence extension last week - is likely to continue beyond 12 months, allowing Uber's 40,000 drivers to stay in work. This journey is going to last a long time.


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