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Uber banned: Mayor of London 'fully supports' decision to deny cab firm licence

Sadiq Khan aired his views and said "it would be wrong if TfL continued to licence Uber"

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said he “fully supports” Transport for London's decision after taxi firm Uber was denied a London licence on Friday (September 22).

TfL announced the cab app firm was not “fit and proper” to hold a private hire operator licence and their licence would not be renewed.

A spokesman for TfL said Uber will not be issued with a private hire operator licence after the expiry of its current licence on September 30.

They said: "TfL has concluded that Uber London Limited is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence.

“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 and security implications."

The Mayor of London has aired his views on the Uber licensing decision and said all private hire services in London “need to play by the rules”.

His statement read: “I want London to be at the forefront of innovation and new technology and to be a natural home for exciting new companies that help Londoners by providing a better and more affordable service.

The changes were made after a consultation with drivers(Image: Publicity Picture)

He added: “However, all companies in London must play by the rules and adhere to the high standards we expect - particularly when it comes to the safety of customers.

“Providing an innovative service must not be at the expense of customer safety and security.

“I fully support TfL’s decision,” Mr Khan added. “It would be wrong if TfL continued to licence Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoners’ safety and security.

“Any operator of private hire services in London needs to play by the rules.”

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Uber, which is used by 3.5 million people and 40,000 drivers in London, hit back at the decision, saying it would appeal.

The cab firm claimed the move “would show the world that, far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies”.

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