Uber stripped of London licence, vows to appeal
Ride-hailing service will continue operating, pending court challenge
London's transport regulator on Friday stripped Uber of its licence to operate from the end of the month, affecting over 40,000 drivers in a huge blow to the taxi app.
"Uber's approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications," Transport for London (TfL) said.
The final day of Uber's licence will be on Sep. 30.
Uber quickly announced plans to appeal. Uber will be able to operate in October while any appeal is being considered, the company said in a statement.
"Transport for London and the Mayor have caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice," Uber said in a statement. "We intend to immediately challenge this in the courts."
The city's decision does not affect food delivery service UberEats in London.
Faced criticism, scandal
In London, Uber has faced criticism from unions, lawmakers and traditional black cab drivers over working conditions.
Globally, Uber has endured a tumultuous few months after a string of scandals involving allegations of sexism and bullying at the company, leading to investor pressure which forced out former CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick. It has been forced to quit several countries including Denmark and Hungary and faced regulatory battles in multiple U.S. states and countries around the world.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he backed the decision.
"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," he said.
"It would be wrong if TfL continued to license Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoners' safety and security."