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Uber loses licence to operate in London

Uber loses licence to operate in London

Mr Khan said that the regulator had concluded that Uber's conduct meant that it was not fit and proper to hold a private hire licence.

Count U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross among the critics of the decision to not renew Uber's license to operate in London. He told employees the company needed to act with integrity but that he did not believe Uber had done everything it was accused of in London.

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In a new statement, he said: "I know that Uber has become a popular service for many Londoners - but it would be wrong for TfL to licence Uber if there was any way this could pose a threat to Londoners' safety or security".

A union representing Uber drivers said its members face going bust as they rely on money from fares to pay for their cars.

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According to a report by Bloomberg, the petition published on the website Change.org is addressed to the #Mayor Of London Sadiq Khan and asks him to overturn the decision taken by TfL.

Khosrowshahi also pleaded London to work with Uber to "make things right".

It came as half a million people signed a Change.org petition asking for the decision to be reversed, making it the fastest growing petition on the United Kingdom website this year.

Khosrowshahi, brought in to steer the company after a string of scandals involving allegations of sexism and bullying, later appealed to the city on Twitter with a self-deprecating style.

The authority highlighted Uber's approach to reporting serious criminal offences, obtaining medical certificates and background checks on drivers, and its explanation of the use of "greyball" software that it said could be used to thwart regulators.

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The decision is a victory for the city's traditional black cab industry, which has been hurt by the proliferation of Uber drivers and has pushed for tighter regulation of the San Francisco-based ride-hailing service.

Uber shot back against the removal of its license, saying that London is closed to innovation and that it will appeal the decision and challenge it in the courts.

A survey of 80 global cities in July, found that London's taxis were the sixth most expensive in the world, behind only two Swiss cities, Tokyo, Copenhagen and Helsinki.

The petition, started by Uber London, says: "If this decision stands, it will put more than 40,000 licensed drivers out of work and deprive millions of Londoners of a convenient and affordable form of transport".

The company, which has been valued at nearly $70bn, has been in turmoil in recent months over the conduct and subsequent exit of its founder, Travis Kalanick.

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