Uber, the infamous ridesharing app, got the boot from London today.  In a surprise move, London declared the company not “fit and proper” for a private car service.  The contract expires on September 30

That’s not to say drivers are out right away.  Uber is already positioning itself to challenge the decision.  They have 21 days to file an appeal.  When they do, they will still be allowed to operate in the city.  The appeals process will easily take a few months, and that allows them to still operate within the city.

Transport for London orchestrated the surprise decision.  Mayor Sadiq Khan, employment rights campaigners, and the trade body for the capital’s black-cab drivers supported the move.  Since the U.S. company first moved into London, they have been a point of contention.

TFL defended the decision due to Uber’s “lack of corporate responsibility”.  They are referencing lax background checks, obtaining medical checks, and crimes committed by drivers.  The mayor echoed the sentiment and said companies need to “play by the rules”.

From Khan:

I want London to be at the forefront of innovation and new technology and to be a natural home for exciting new companies that help Londoners by providing a better and more affordable service.

However, all companies in London must play by the rules and adhere to the high standards we expect –particularly when it comes to the safety of customers.

3.5 million London residents use Uber, so the move has sparked outrage and protests.  Conservative Trade Secretary Greg Hands condemned the move.  He said the blanket ban will cause a “massive inconvenience”, put drivers out of work, and strand millions of passengers.

Sam Gyimah, a Conservative justice minister believes the move is entirely too harsh.  He said:[It’s] possible to have effective regulation of Uber without

[It’s] possible to have effective regulation of Uber without penalizing the consumers who benefit from more choice and lower prices.

Personally, I believe that the move is harsh.  A foreign company has come in and disrupted the market, and industry members don’t like it.  Now, London is coercing their bias onto their residents.  Not cool.

Where do you stand in the argument?



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1 Comment

  1. CPH

    September 22, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    More countries and cities should dumb uber. It is not a safe option for transportation and not a suitable replacement for properly licensedand operated commercial taxi cab services.

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