25 September 2017 - Sadiq Khan and Transport for London Ban Uber in the Capital
(BBC News, 24/09/2017)
Uber could make concessions to ensure its London operating licence is renewed, its chief in the capital says.
Tom Elvidge told a newspaper the ride-hailing app firm would "like to know what we can do", but that would require talks with Transport for London (TfL).
It came as Labour and Britain's biggest union heaped criticism on Uber - something Minister for London Greg Hands said was "astonishing".
Taking on Uber
Helen Lewis (The New York Times, 23/09/2017)
On Friday morning, Transport for London, the not-for-profit company that runs and regulates transport in the capital, made the surprise announcement that Uber, the company that likes to call itself a “ridesharing app,” would not have its license to operate in London renewed on Sept. 30.
Mr. Khan immediately released a statement supporting the decision, saying that all London businesses needed to “play by the rules.” It’s a sentiment that will be echoed by the Labour Party’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, a left-wing populist who has often criticized big business.
No More Licence
Simon Goodley (The Guardian, 24/09/2017)
Uber will be fighting for its future on two fronts this week, as the ride-hailing service attempts to reverse the revocation of its London licence while appealing against a landmark ruling on the way it engages its drivers.
The dual efforts will come against the backdrop of the company being branded a “disgrace” by the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, while the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said Transport for London (TfL) had raised “serious concerns” about safety but suggested Uber would have an opportunity to “mend its ways”.
TfL, the London mayor’s transport authority, announced on Friday that Uber had been stripped of its London licence in a surprise move that dealt a serious blow to one of Silicon Valley’s fastest rising companies.
Breach of Discrimination Laws?
Fiona Simpson (The Evening Standard, 24/09/2017)
The transport body announced the shock decision not to renew the taxi-hailing app company’s licence in the capital on Friday.
It ruled that Uber was “not fit and proper” to hold a private hire licence and had shown a “lack of corporate responsibility” in relation to public safety.
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