A decision has been made to revoke Uber's licence in London.

Transport for London (TfL) said Uber London Limited had been informed its private hire operator l icence will not be renewed as it is not "fit and proper" to hold such a licence.

The company's current licence expires on September 30.

In a statement TfL said: "Transport for London (TfL) has today (Friday 22 September) informed Uber London Limited that it will not be issued with a private hire operator licence after expiry of its current licence on 30 September.

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"TfL’s regulation of London’s taxi and private hire trades is designed to ensure passenger safety.

"Private hire operators must meet rigorous regulations, and demonstrate to TfL that they do so, in order to operate. TfL must also be satisfied that an operator is fit and proper to hold a licence.

"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.

"These include:

  • Its approach to reporting serious criminal offences.
  • Its approach to how medical certificates are obtained.
  • Its approach to how Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are obtained.
  • Its approach to explaining the use of Greyball in London - software that could be used to block regulatory bodies from gaining full access to the app and prevent officials from undertaking regulatory or law enforcement duties.
The changes were made after a consultation with drivers

"The Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998 includes provision to appeal a licensing decision within 21 days of it being communicated to the applicant.

"Uber London Limited can continue to operate until any appeal processes have been exhausted.

"No further comment will be made by TfL pending any appeal of this decision."

Uber has said it will appeal TfL's decision claiming the move “would show the world that, far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies”.

Uber is used by 3.5 million people and has more than 40,000 drivers in London.

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