Uber loses licence to operate in London

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"While we haven't been asked to make any changes, we'd like to know what we can do", said Elvidge. "But that required a dialogue we have not been able to have", said Tom Elvidge, Uber's General Manager in London.

The British capital's transport regulator said the Silicon Valley technology giant's approach and conduct was not fit and proper to hold a private vehicle hire license and it would not be renewed when it expires on September 30. For Uber's situation, Transport for London said it had inspected issues of how the organization managed genuine criminal offenses, how it led individual verifications on drivers and its legitimization for a product program called Greyball, which "could be utilized to piece administrative bodies from increasing full access to the application". Uber says that it will appeal the decision and will operate as usual until the matter is settled.

Innovation director at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) said: "It's not in the interests of our economy, people in London and in this case, drivers, to restrict new products and services".

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More than 600,000 people have signed a petition urging Transport for London to reverse its decision not to renew Uber's licence.

"It's particularly discouraging that this is happening in the United Kingdom, where the team has led the way on partnerships to increase the number of wheelchair-accessible and electric vehicles on the road", Khosrowshahi said.

The recent London ban came as a big blow to Uber which operates in 633 cities worldwide. The court's ruling will be crucial to all parties associated with Uber, including the firm's 40,000 drivers in the city, whose employment is at stake.

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Unsurprisingly, black cab bosses, who a year ago blocked London's streets in protest at Uber, praised the decision not to renew the licence as the "right call".

But he also suggested that Uber might eventually be allowed to continue operating in London.

A United Kingdom employment court ruled last October that Uber drivers were not self-employed, as the company argued, but should be paid the "national living wage" as if they were directly employed. "Four months ago they were told to get their act together and they didn't".

Uber has 21 days to appeal and if it does can operate as normal until the appeal is completed.

Drivers of London's black cabs, who have snarled up the city's streets in protest at the app over the last few years, welcomed Friday's decision.

Mr Corbyn said he was "not sure" if he had ever used Uber "but I don't think so".

Uber has announced intentions to appeal this decision.

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