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Uber will No Longer be Allowed to Operate in London

Uber will No Longer be Allowed to Operate in London

"But that required a dialogue we haven't been able to have", Tom Elvidge, Uber's general manager in London, told "The Sunday Times" as part of the company's conciliatory stance against TfL's verdict that it is not "fit and proper" to operate on the streets of London. While we haven't been asked to make any changes, we'd like to know what we can do. The ban will add to the cost of living in what is already the UK's most expensive city Speaking to TNS about Uber, University of London student Ben Hadfield said: "I use Uber all the time, because they're so much cheaper than black cabs in London".

The agency said the factors it considered included Uber's "approach to reporting serious criminal offences" and its use of software created to evade the authorities.

It has 21 days to appeal TfL's decision and can continue to provide its services in the capital "until the appeals process has been exhausted" - a point Mr Khan reiterated in a response to the change.org petition.

Uber is a "disgrace", shadow chancellor John McDonnell said as Labour heavyweights clashed with the Tories over the taxi app firm losing its licence to operate in London.

Uber said 3.5 million Londoners rely on Uber for "a safe, reliable and affordable ride" and that 40,000 drivers depended on the app for their livelihood. Meanwhile, the London mayor urged the thousands of people who had signed a petition against the ban to "direct their anger" at the firm.

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More than half a million people signed an online petition in less than 24 hours by Saturday afternoon backing Uber's fight to save its vehicle operations in London, mirroring profound economic and political disagreements in Britain.

This decision was made independently by TfL as the legal taxi and private hire regulator for London. "Four months ago they were told to get their act together and they didn't". "They have let down their drivers and customers". Taxi drivers complain that Uber drivers don't have to comply with the same licensing standards, giving the ride-hailing service an unfair advantage and placing the public at risk.

Mr McDonnell showed no sympathy for the U.S. firm and revealed that he had never travelled in an Uber cab.

Mr McCluskey told Peston on Sunday he had never taken an Uber and added: "I'm one of these people that believes that Uber is part of this disgusting, race-to-the-bottom, culture that has developed in this country". They are saying that "TfL could have given the drivers a little bit more time because a lot of drivers are now out of work".

The Uber licence was revoked by the TfL, headed by Khan, a leading figure in the opposition Labor Party, who said on Friday that "all private-hire operators in London need to play by the rules".

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