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London Transport Strips Uber's Licence, Cab Provider To End Operation By Month End

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| September 22 , 2017 , 20:01 IST

Online cab provider Uber has lost its licence to operate in London after Transport for London rejects their request for a new licence saying that it is not a 'fit and proper' operator.

Transport for London said on Friday said, "TfL considers that 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."

According to reports, this decision, which is a huge blow for the app-based taxi provider, will affect over 40,000 cab drivers in the city.

Uber is subjected to end its operation in England's capital from September 30, the last day of this month.

London mayor Sadiq Khan also supported the Transport for London's decision saying all companies needed to "play by the rules".

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Khan said, "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. Providing an innovative service must not be at the expense of customer safety and security," he added.

General Secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association Steve McNamara, who has been labelled as the arch-enemy of the app based cab provider, welcomed the decision, saying, "I fully support TfL’s decision – 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."

“Since it first came onto our streets Uber has broken the law, exploited its drivers and refused to take responsibility for the safety of passengers. This immoral company has no place on London’s streets,” he said.