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Not least following calls from MPs, it’s just been announced that Transport for London are not going to renew Uber’s licence to operate when it expires on 30 September 2017, although it will be allowed to continue to operate while the appeals process is ongoing.
In justifying the decision, TfL said that “Uber‘s approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications”.
Uber countered by saying that “Transport for London and the Mayor have caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice,” and that they “intend to immediately challenge this in the courts.”
Uber has already been forced to exit the EU countries of Denmark and Hungary, and has faced regulatory challenges in a number of US states. In addition, various recent issues including allegations of sexism and bullying at the company, led to the resignation of CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick.
Good decision or another example of discrimination against the new kid? Let us know what you think!