Uber hasn’t been doing so hot this past year, but this might be the company’s biggest setback yet.
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.
“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.”
TfL has today informed Uber that it will not be issued with a private hire operator licence. pic.twitter.com/nlYD0ny2qo
— Transport for London (@TfL) September 22, 2017
“3.5 million Londoners who use our app, and more than 40,000 licensed drivers who rely on Uber to make a living, will be astounded by this decision,” said Tom Elvidge, General Manager of Uber in London. “By wanting to ban our app from the capital Transport for London and the Mayor have caved 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 Londoners of a convenient and affordable form of transport.”
While it is a sad day for drivers who use the service to make a living, and riders who can’t rely on public transportation after midnight and will have to be forced to use the expensive black cabs to get home.
At least some users are finding something funny out of the situation.
— Chuck Thomas (@chuckthomasuk) September 22, 2017
— Jekin Gala (@jekingala99) September 22, 2017
— Md Asif Khan (@imMAK02) September 22, 2017
There is some hope, though, as Uber is sending out messages to all of their London, asking them to sign a petition.