Report: Uber denied license to continue operating in London

Uber denied license to continue operating in London
The backlash against Uber in London continues as Transport for London will not renew the ride-sharing company's license to continue operating. (Associated Press)

The backlash against Uber escalated in London on Monday, as London’s transit authority refused to renew Uber’s license to operate, according to an Associated Press report.

Transport for London was quoted as saying “several breaches that placed passengers and their safety at risk” in its decision not to extend Uber’s license, which expires at midnight Monday. Among other things, unauthorized drivers carried out thousands of rides, the regulator was quoted as saying.

“While we recognize Uber has made improvements, it is unacceptable that Uber has allowed passengers to get into minicabs with drivers who are potentially unlicensed and uninsured,” said Helen Chapman, director of licensing and regulation at Transport for London, in the report.

Fierce AI Week

Register today for Fierce AI Week - a free virtual event | August 10-12

Advances in AI and Machine Learning are adding an unprecedented level of intelligence to everything through capabilities such as speech processing and image & facial recognition. An essential event for design engineers and AI professionals, Engineering AI sessions during Fierce AI Week explore some of the most innovative real-world applications today, the technological advances that are accelerating adoption of AI and Machine Learning, and what the future holds for this game-changing technology.

“We cannot be confident that similar issues won’t happen again in future.”

Not surprisingly, Uber fired back by calling the decision “extraordinary and wrong,” according to the report. The ride-sharing company is reportedly going to file an appeal in the next 21 days, during which it can continue operating.  

“We understand we’re held to a high bar, as we should be. But this TfL decision is just wrong” CEO Dara Khosrowshahi reportedly tweeted. “Over the last 2 years we have fundamentally changed how we operate in London.”

According to the report, the denial is a big setback for Uber as it struggles to turn a profit. The company posted a $1.16 billion loss in the latest quarter, and Khosrowshahi forecast this month it wouldn’t make a profit until 2021.

TfL has reportedly been carefully monitoring Uber, following concerns about aggressive corporate tactics and passenger safety. According to the report, TfL revoked Uber’s license in 2017, only to have a court later grant it a license lasting 15 months, which TfL then extended for two more months in September, while also imposing a set of 20 stricter conditions.

Suggested Articles

Power management is critical for many products. One expert advises pushing complexity to areas where energy is less of a concern.

HP leads the pack, but Apple sees 36% surge in notebooks, desktops compared to a year ago

New York City residents moving upstate will give hundreds of towns extra tax revenue to invest in new streetlights with IoT sensors, NYPA foresees