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Uber to lose its licence to operate in London

Uber to lose its licence to operate in London

The city's transportation regulator, Transport for London, said the license will expire on September 30.

Uber has said it will contest the decision.

"This decision is affecting the real lives of a huge number of honest and hard-working drivers in London", the petition reads.

Asked if he would contact London officials about the decision, Ross said he would not since he isn't officially involved.

The company came under scrutiny in Britain after it emerged that dozens of rape and sexual assault claims had been made against their drivers and when one of their drivers used his vehicle in a recent terror attack on Buckingham Palace. "I think the London cabbies have probably been a little slow in adjusting to the new system", Ross said.

A Bradford Council spokesperson said on Friday afternoon: "We will continue to monitor Uber's licence to operate in the district, as we do with all operators". "It's worth examining how we got here".

Only in two cities across the region - Berlin and Athens - does Uber offer rides with officially licensed taxi drivers which allow passengers to hail UberTaxis as they pass on the street.

"The truth is there is a high cost to a bad reputation".

Uber has turned to customers to help defend itself in other battles around the world, and an online petition in support of Uber had gathered more than 400,000 signatures by late evening in London.

The company has some 40,000 drivers on its books, but has been the subject of a fierce campaign against the service by traditional black cab drivers, who say they are subject to much tighter rules and regulations.

Post-Kalanick woesThe loss of the San Francisco-based start-up's licence comes after a tumultuous few months that led to former CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick being forced out.

Uber has also been criticised by unions and MPs overworkers' rights.

"3.5 million Londoners who use our app, and more than 40,000 licensed drivers who rely on Uber to make a living will be astounded by this decision", Elvidge said, according to TechCrunch.

"For example, there have been allegations that some of its drivers in the United Kingdom have committed sexual assault in varying degrees of seriousness", our correspondent said.

Uber's petition is called "Save Your Uber in London" their statement said on the Change.org website: "By wanting to ban our app from the capital, Transport for London and their chairman the Mayor have given in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice".

On Saturday, Mr Khan, who backed the TfL decision, said anger from customers and drivers "should be directed at Uber" and added that it will "take some time before this situation with Uber fully plays out".