Uber loses its license to operate in London & may cease in the capital from October

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by KK » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:41 am

BBC News wrote:Uber will not be issued a new private hire licence, Transport for London (TfL) has said.

TfL has concluded the ride-hailing app firm was not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence.

Uber's conduct demonstrated a lack of corporate responsibility which could have potential public safety and security implications, it said.

Uber said the decision would "show the world that, far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies".

Uber has 21 days to appeal, during which it can continue to operate.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said in a statement: "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."

General secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association Steve McNamara: "The mayor has made the right call not to relicense Uber."

"We expect Uber will again embark on a spurious legal challenge against the mayor and TfL, and we will urge the court to uphold this decision. This immoral company has no place on London's streets".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-41358640

Anyone here a regular user of Uber over a mini/black cab?

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by Hexx » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:42 am

Not a regular - but the 2 (IIRC) times I've been in one in London. Miles better, nicer, friendlier and cheaper than a Taxi

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by Mafro » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:46 am

Enjoying all the LANDANAZ on my timeline getting into a tizzy over this.

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by KingK » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:46 am

Never used Uber. Rather use black cabs tbh

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by Skippy » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:50 am

Uber is probably going nowhere. They'll appeal, so the service will continue for now, and this tactic is most likely just a ploy to strong-arm them into making changes

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by Errkal » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:52 am

I've never used it but people seem to like it, I guess the issue is that TfL need to ensure that Uber is operating in a responsible way and it does seem that they aren't really doing that at the moment.

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by Hexx » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:54 am

Lab putting a outdated, protectionist quasi-monopolyahead of the public


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by Corazon de Leon » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:55 am

Uber in general is miles better than cab service - I've been using them in Glasgow for a while and whenever I'm abroad. Still, with this and what's happening in Prague and Denmark, I'd sell my shares in uber sharpish.

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by KK » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:55 am

Transport for London wrote:TfL considers that Uber's approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety implications. These include:

  • Its approach to reporting serious criminal offences.
  • It's approach to how medical certificates are obtained.
  • Its approach to how Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are obtained.
  • Its approach to explaining its use of Greyball in London, software that could be used to block regulatory bodies from gaining full access to the app to prevent officials from undertaking regulatory or law enforcement duties.

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by Peter Crisp » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:55 am

Skippy wrote:Uber is probably going nowhere. They'll appeal, so the service will continue for now, and this tactic is most likely just a ploy to strong-arm them into making changes


It would be a rather bold "Screw you" to such a well known company from London and I can hear the cries of "Communism" from US conservatives from here.
I'm behind a ban here if they break the rules as just because they're popular doesn't mean they can do whatever the hell they want and the way they treat staff is pretty disgusting.

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by Corazon de Leon » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:57 am

Peter Crisp wrote:
Skippy wrote:Uber is probably going nowhere. They'll appeal, so the service will continue for now, and this tactic is most likely just a ploy to strong-arm them into making changes


It would be a rather bold "Screw you" to such a well known company from London and I can hear the cries of "Communism" from US conservatives from here.
I'm behind a ban here if they break the rules as just because they're popular doesn't mean they can do whatever the hell they want and the way they treat staff is pretty disgusting.


Doubt it - it was banned in Denmark in April and nobody noticed.

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by KK » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:59 am

Their business model, as it currently stands, isn't working at all. They had a net revenue of $6.5 billion for 2016, yet made a loss of $2.8 billion. They sold off their Chinese part of the business because that too was losing a fortune. Losing London would put them further in the gooseberry fool.

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by SandyCoin » Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:04 pm

When I lived in London, on the half dozen or so times I ever bothered getting a taxi it would always be an Uber. I use Uber when abroad too. London taxis take the piss with prices and the drivers are usually arseholes.

Back in the day it was impressive how well they knew the roads. But now it's just any old guy who taps a route into Google Maps, just like Uber. However, Uber do seem dodgy. I've personally never had an issue with them, but I'm probably just lucky, and obviously not a female.

Sadly (if it actually goes ahead) it just means black cab drivers will most likely whack up their prices even further. Buses and Tube for me.

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by Peter Crisp » Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:05 pm

Corazon de Leon wrote:
Peter Crisp wrote:
Skippy wrote:Uber is probably going nowhere. They'll appeal, so the service will continue for now, and this tactic is most likely just a ploy to strong-arm them into making changes


It would be a rather bold "Screw you" to such a well known company from London and I can hear the cries of "Communism" from US conservatives from here.
I'm behind a ban here if they break the rules as just because they're popular doesn't mean they can do whatever the hell they want and the way they treat staff is pretty disgusting.


Doubt it - it was banned in Denmark in April and nobody noticed.


Ok but who gives a strawberry float about Denmark?
This is London and everyone cares about London. It's hosted 3 Olympic games and was the first city ever to do so until Paris manages that in 2024.
London also had a Star Trek, the experience exhibition so it must be special.

jiggles wrote:Nobody with a VR headset is going to be using it regularly this time next year, let alone in 4 years time.


Posted 16th March 2016. Let's see.
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PostRe: Uber loses its license to operate in London & may cease in the capital from October
by Dual » Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:05 pm

London :lol:

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by <]:^D » Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:13 pm


skip to 1:16:55

ive used Uber and its very convenient but its ultimately a scam and the guy/s who created it will get out of the business with their millions and move on to something else.

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by Gently-Parted Ringpiece » Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:18 pm

Ive tried to use it a few times in Manchester and once in Glasgow and the banana splits are always so far away or such a long wait a regular taxi beats them.

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PostRe: Uber loses its license to operate in London & may cease in the capital from October
by Rax » Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:20 pm

Theyre just trying to be the dominant taxi service for long enough to replace their fleet with self driving cars. Thats the real end goal for Uber, the question is whether the company can weather that storm for long enough.

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by Hyperion » Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:28 pm

Used them a fair bit in Liverpool as they're pretty convenient

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by Preezy » Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:28 pm

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