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Uber London ban - live updates: Ride hailing app's private hire licence will not be renewed after 30 September

Company says decision 'will put more than 40,000 licensed drivers out of work'

Tom Embury-Dennis@tomemburyd
Friday 22 September 2017 11:50
Uber was given just a four-month temporary licence for London in May.
Uber was given just a four-month temporary licence for London in May.

Uber has been banned in London after Transport for London announced it will not be renewing the company's licence to operate in the city.

The move has dealt a huge blow to the ride hailing app, which has tens of thousands of UK-based drivers and a huge customer base.

The transport authority said that Uber didn't meet its rigorous reglation standards to ensure passenger safety.

But the ruling allows the opportunity for an appeal, and makes clear that Uber will be able to continue to operate while that process is ongoing.

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Can you still get an Uber in London now that it has lost its licence? Here's all you need to know.

Jack Austin22 September 2017 12:04

Here's a useful outline of everything we know so far about the Uber ban and its repercussions for the company and its customers.

Jack Austin22 September 2017 12:07

And here are the alternative taxi apps for Londoners fearing the night bus is all they might have.

Jack Austin22 September 2017 12:10

There's no shortage of criticism over TfL's move this morning

Jack Austin22 September 2017 12:13

Uber has responded to the ban. Tom Elvidge, general manager of Uber in London, said: “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.

“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.

“To defend the livelihoods of all those drivers, and the consumer choice of millions of Londoners who use our app, we intend to immediately challenge this in the courts.

“Drivers who use Uber are licensed by Transport for London and have been through the same enhanced DBS background checks as black cab drivers."

Here's the full story.

Jack Austin22 September 2017 12:17

London mayor Sadiq Khan "fully supports" TfL's move to pull Uber's license. Here's his statement in full.

Jack Austin22 September 2017 12:21

TfL announced its decision on Twitter. The statement in full:

Jack Austin22 September 2017 12:23

Looks like a small patch of sea off the coast of the Kent coast will remain unaffected...

Jack Austin22 September 2017 12:29

Senior MP Frank Field, who submitted a report to TfL in December 2016 calling on them not to renew Uber’s licence without first insisting on improvements in the company’s business model, said that the decision “could be a game changer for the gig economy”.

Jack Austin22 September 2017 12:30

A statement from Uber rivals mytaxi:

Jack Austin22 September 2017 12:33

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