Uber has become increasingly popular around the world over the past few years thanks to is convenience and the fact you pay before actually starting your journey. Millions of people around the world use the service every day, though it hasn’t always been plain sailing for the company. London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Transport for London announced that due to ‘public safety and security implications’ once the company’s London licence had expired, it wouldn’t be renewed.
Reactions to the decision
Within a few days of the announcement, over half a million people had signed a petition calling for the company’s licence not to be revoked. Prime Minister Theresa May called the decision ‘disproportionate’, saying that it was going to damage the lives of the 40,000 Uber drivers who could end up unemployed.
It’s been announced that Uber does indeed intend to appeal the decision and that it has until 13 October to formally lodge an appeal. Uber drivers are allowed to continue working until that date and may do so afterwards should the appeal process be extended. Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has apologised to Sadiq Khan for ‘getting things wrong’ and said the company will work to change things for the better.
The future of Uber in London
Uber are widely believed to be appealing the decision to have their licence revoked. As to what’s going to happen to the company beyond that, right now it’s anyone’s guess. The CEO has acknowledged the company’s wrongdoings, so hopefully some sort of deal can be reached soon. There’s currently been no confirmation of the company’s drivers stopping work any time soon, so for now at least you can still use the Uber app and service in London.