London deems Uber unfit to run cab service, cancels licence

Ouster of Uber from London not justified says US commerce Secretary

Ouster of Uber from London not justified says US commerce Secretary

Count U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross among the critics of the decision to not renew Uber's license to operate in London.

Company accuses mayor of 'giving in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice'.

"I think what's happening with Uber is really not very justified in London". The company said 3.5 million Londoners rely on Uber for "a safe, reliable and affordable ride" and that 40,000 drivers depended on the app for their livelihood.

Uber has overcome obstacles in a number of cities around the world.

On Friday, the regulator said Uber was not "fit and proper" to hold a London private hire operator licence on the grounds of "public safety and security implications", the BBC reported.

The company pulled out of Austin, Texas, when it was told its drivers would have to undergo fingerprint background checks, but resumed services after the requirement was ended.

Uber can operate for 21 days while the appeal process takes place, but can still operate for now.

Uber was licensed as a private hire company in London in 2012 and has since grown rapidly - posing a challenge to the capital's traditional black cabs - but it has been caught up in the backlash against the so-called gig economy.

Ross, speaking Friday on CNBC after the Uber announcement by Transport for London, said the ride-sharing service has worked "very, very well" in cities he's used it in.

Hundreds of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for taxi-hailing app Uber to be allowed to continue in the capital.

Uber will not be issued with an operating licence after its current deal expires on September 30, Transport for London (TfL) has announced.

London's traditional black cab drivers have attacked Uber, saying it has undercut safety rules and threatened their livelihoods.Uber has also been criticised by unions and MPs over workers' rights.The company has already been forced to leave several countries, including Denmark and Hungary, and has faced regulatory battles in multiple USA states and countries around the world.

London police also complained in a letter in April that Uber was either not disclosing, or taking too long to report, serious crimes, including sexual assaults, and this put the public at risk.

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