A taxi union has welcomed the news from Transport for London's (TfL) ruling that Uber will not be issued a renewal on its operator tax licence.

RMT has welcomed the decision for the taxi app firm to lose its licence and hope this will be the next step towards reform in the taxi and private hire industry.

The ruling was announced on Friday (September 22) and TfL said it took the decision on the grounds of "public safety and security implications".

General secretary of RMT, Mick Cash, said: "Uber has consistently failed to reach acceptable standards of service, safety and security and we applaud this decision which is a victory for passengers and also a vital step in protecting the livelihoods of the skilled and experienced London taxi drivers who are being unfairly undercut by Uber.

"This is a success for our campaigning and all those who work in the trade and must be a stepping stone to end the deregulation in the industry which has created such chaotic, unsafe and exploitative conditions.

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"The next steps should include the introduction of a statutory definition of plying for hire and also for MPs to get behind the Private Members Bill put forward by Daniel Zeichner MP to reform the taxi and private hire industry.”

Uber has confirmed it will take TfL to court to appeal the ruling.

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