No plans to pull Uber licence in Newport says city council
- Author: Eleanor Harrison Sep 27, 2017,
Sep 27, 2017, 0:15
Less than one month after he left his CEO role at Expedia to join the ride-hailing giant, Khosrowshahi is now dealing with a crisis in London, where the city's transportation authority said Friday it won't renew Uber's license to operate because the service is not "fit and proper".
In its decision, Transport for London singled out Uber's approach to reporting serious criminal offenses and how it conducts background checks on drivers.
Lyft, Uber's closest United States rival in the taxi-hailing business, met repeatedly with officials from London's transport regulator over the past year, a sign it may be targeting the city for worldwide expansion. "Even though there is a legal process in place, I have asked TfL to make themselves available to meet with him", he added, using the abbreviation for the transit agency. During this process, the American company can continue with its operation until the appeals are exhausted.
Just one month into his position as CEO of Uber, Dara Khosrowshahi is already apologizing to the entire city of London.
In an open letter to all Londoners Dara Khosrowshahi said the transport technology company has to change if it is to survive in the capital. Mr Khosrowshahi wrote: 'We will appeal the decision on behalf of millions of Londoners.
City Council (NCC) has confirmed it has no plans revoke the licence of taxi operator Uber, after Transport for London (TfL) cut its relationship with the firm this week. A petition calling on London to overturn its decision not to renew Uber's licence had gathered more than 750,000 signatures at noon on Monday.
Among those supporting TfL's decision was London's Mayor Sadiq Khan. Past year a United Kingdom employment tribunal ruled Uber drivers were "employees", and called the firm's self-employment mantra "twisted language".
Regulators also expressed concern over Uber drivers' potential use of Greyball, a controversial software program Uber has used as far back as 2014.
The comments mark a more conciliatory tone from the mayor who had criticized the firm's petition to "Save Uber" after news of Uber's removal broke Friday.
"I appreciate Uber has an army of lawyers, they've also made aggressive threats about taking us to court and the rest of it", he told BBC radio.
"This was one of the unusual things around the TfL notice yesterday is they are the ones who do all of the checks and license the drivers".
Uber's apology came as 150 taxi drivers took part in a protest rally outside the Labour conference in Brighton.
London regulators also asserted that Uber does not hold its drivers to the same standards for medical and background checks that regular taxi companies do. Khan reiterated that companies which played by the rules were welcome in London.