Last Friday, the city of London just revoked Uber’s license to practice in the city. According to a statement by Transport for London, Uber’s license will expire on September 30th, and the company had 21 days to appeal the decision.
“Private hire operators must meet rigorous regulations, and demonstrate to TfL that they do so, in order to operate,” TFL states. “TfL has concluded that Uber London Limited is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator license.”
After the announcement, Uber sent out messages to all of their London customers, asking them to sign a petition asking the Mayor of London to “Save Uber.” In just a few days, it has almost one million signatures.
By wanting to ban our app from the capital,” the petition states, “Transport for London and their chairman the Mayor have given in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice. If this decision stands, it will put more than 40,000 licensed drivers out of work and deprive millions of Londoners of a convenient and affordable form of transport. This decision is affecting the real lives of a huge number of honest and hard-working drivers in London.”
As of writing this article, the petition only needs 236,526 signatures to meet its goal.
[Via The Verge]