A ban on Uber Technologies Inc by London’s transport regulator and its decision to strip the firm of its license was called “disproportionate” by British Prime minister Theresa May, as it has put thousands of jobs at risk.
Views of Theresa May on the Ban
“Yes there are safety concerns and issues for Uber to address, but what I want to see is a level playing field between the private firms and our wonderful London taxis, our black cabs, our great national institution,” May said in an interview to BBC.
Transport for London (TfL) Consider Uber Unfit
Regulator Transport for London (TfL) deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service on Sept. 22 and decided not to renew its license to operate when it expires on Saturday, citing the firm’s approach to reporting serious criminal offenses and background checks on drivers.
Dara Khosrowshahi’s Apology
CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who is not as much as a month into his new activity, has apologized to Londoners for Uber’s missteps and said it will bid against the choice.
Uber is permitted to work in London until the permit bid process is depleted, which could take a while. A court will hear Uber’s appeal of the decision by TfL, which is chaired by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Uber Works with Police
Uber is now working with the police to work out how it can better report incidents and has even offered to work with TfL to regain the license.
Uber has faced several regulatory and legal setbacks around the world and has been forced to quit in several countries. Uber, which started its operation in London in 2012, is separately defending its business model in Britain. It also told tribunal that its drivers are self-employed and not workers.