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Uber licence in London refused

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maryeliza54 Fri 22-Sep-17 11:04:59

Wow - this is going to cause a storm.

MaizieD Fri 22-Sep-17 11:05:22

Link?

maryeliza54 Fri 22-Sep-17 11:10:29

It's just happened - I'm listening to James O'Brian on LBC. They think it will go all the way to the Supreme Court

Ana Fri 22-Sep-17 11:31:49

news.sky.com/story/transport-for-london-will-not-renew-ubers-licence-11047580

maryeliza54 Fri 22-Sep-17 11:38:21

Thanks Ana

JackyB Fri 22-Sep-17 11:46:09

www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-41358640

maryeliza54 Fri 22-Sep-17 12:04:16

tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-releases/2017/september/licensing-decision-on-uber-london-limited?intcmp=50167

Here's the press release from TfL

illtellhim Fri 22-Sep-17 12:24:46

Are they being NICE to the right people, when ever we use Uber its great.

tanith Fri 22-Sep-17 12:36:05

There will be a lot of very upset Uber drivers in London and unhappy patrons I'm sure.

Primrose65 Fri 22-Sep-17 12:36:21

Well, that's a vote winner for Sadiq Khan.
Thanks for posting, I'll make sure I've got the Addison Lee app on my phone in case they lose the appeal grin

maryeliza54 Fri 22-Sep-17 12:37:02

TFL have evidence about sexual assaults not being reported, DBS checks not being carried out, issues about how medical certificates are obtained - were they supposed to ignore that?

maryeliza54 Fri 22-Sep-17 12:39:20

My guess is that this will make Uber take certain concerns more seriously - they have apparently been pretty cavalier in their approach to TFL and this might demonstrate who holds the power here.

petra Fri 22-Sep-17 12:42:56

Great news. And no, I'm not giving my reasons why I'm very very happy at this news.

Primrose65 Fri 22-Sep-17 13:12:41

I've already had 3 emails with links to petitions to revoke this. I suspect London is going to revolt.

maryeliza54 Fri 22-Sep-17 13:22:15

They have the right of appeal, they can well afford to exercise that right. They will do that. The courts will hear the evidence. But in the meantime, they can wrk on their compliance systems - why should they be above the law?

maryeliza54 Fri 22-Sep-17 13:23:17

I don't think there is any lawful way for the decidion to be revoked is there?

loopyloo Fri 22-Sep-17 13:27:26

And the week before the Labour conference!

lemongrove Fri 22-Sep-17 13:36:33

If Uber are employing some iffy drivers then it's a thumbs up from me to get rid of them.

maryeliza54 Fri 22-Sep-17 13:39:11

Yes a huge socialist sorry communist plot to boost SK. Communists infiltrated Uber senior management and manipulated the company to ignore a variety of regulations around reporting sexual attacks, carrying out DBS checks properly and the proper issuing of medical certificates. They then fiendishly cleverly gave Uber a four month extension that expired just before Conference.

lemongrove Fri 22-Sep-17 13:42:44

Why all the political sarcasm Maryeliza hardly needed is it?

maryeliza54 Fri 22-Sep-17 13:51:44

It was a response to the comment about a week before conference and to be fair, other comments elsewhere a Kyte SK deliberately engineering thus to gain political advantage. I've just heard a London Tory MP talking about all the thousands thrown out of work and totally ignoring the fact that no one has lost their job and we have a proper judicial appeal system to go through. Complaints about Uber do not just come from London - Denmark and Hungry have actually banned them completely and dozens of US Staes and other countries are having problems with them.

Ilovecheese Fri 22-Sep-17 13:57:41

I expect the majority of Uber drivers are good people, but that's because they are just good people, not because they are employed by Uber.
We need to be as sure as we can that our taxi drivers can be trusted, and that means carrying out checks before they are employed.
I had 3 teenage daughters at one point, I always told them to come home in a Black Cab after a night out, because that was the best way to be sure that they came home safely. That's not always possible, I know, for those that don't live in a big city, but the least we can expect from private cab companies is that they try their best to ensure that their passengers can travel in safety.
If Uber can prove that they are doing their best, then they will have their licence restored.

Primrose65 Fri 22-Sep-17 15:41:44

Over 100,000 signatures on one of the petitions started this morning. I think a lot of people are disappointed that Sadiq Khan and TfL didn't get this sorted out.

maryeliza54 Fri 22-Sep-17 15:59:25

Some people might be disappointed that Uber with all their wealth and resources didn't get their corporate responsilities and governance sorted.

maryeliza54 Fri 22-Sep-17 16:02:52

They were onafour month extension as it was but like many global
Companies don't think the law applies to them in any meaningful sense. They seem to be able to sort out vast tax avoidance schemes but not a system for DBS checks