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Uber banned: Company to take TfL to court after licence to operate in London stripped

Uber slammed TfL's decision not to renew its London licence as a legal battle looms

Uber has vowed to appeal after Transport for London (TfL) said it will not be issuing the company with a new licence and was "not fit and proper" to operate in the capital.

On Friday (September 22) TfL confirmed that Uber will not be issued with a private hire operator licence after September 30.

TfL said it took the decision on the grounds of "public safety and security implications".

Uber, which is used by 3.5 million people and 40,000 drivers in London, hit back, saying it would appeal and claimed the move "would show the world that, far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies."

David Leam, of London First which campaigns for business in the capital, said: "This will be seen as a Luddite decision by millions of Londoners and international visitors who use Uber, and will also hit London's reputation as a global tech hub.

"London needs to be open to new ideas, businesses and services."

Uber has been stripped of its licence(Image: PA)

Mayor of Sadiq Khan said of the decision not to issue Uber with a licence: "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."

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