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Uber to appeal after losing licence to operate in London

London mayor Sadiq Khan said: "Any operator of private hire services in London needs to play by the rules"
Neil Lancefield, Press Association

Uber has vowed to appeal after Transport for London said it will not be issued with a new licence and was "not fit and proper" to operate in the city.

TfL said it took the decision on the grounds of "public safety and security implications".

But Uber, which is used by 3.5 million people and 40,000 drivers in London, hit back, saying it would appeal and claiming the move "would show the world that, far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies".

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said in a statement: "I want London to be at the forefront of innovation and new technology and to be a natural home for exciting new companies that help Londoners by providing a better and more affordable service.

"However, all companies in London must play by the rules and adhere to the high standards we expect - particularly when it comes to the safety of customers.

"Providing an innovative service must not be at the expense of customer safety and security.

"I fully support TfL's decision - it would be wrong if TfL continued to license Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoners' safety and security.

"Any operator of private hire services in London needs to play by the rules."

Uber's general manager in London Tom Elvidge claimed the users of its app "will be astounded by this decision".

He said: "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."

He went on: "Uber operates in more than 600 cities around the world, including more than 40 towns and cities here in the UK.

"This ban would show the world that, far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies who bring choice to consumers."

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