600000 sign petition to overturn London Uber ban

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Uber is expected to appeal the ruling of the local government body responsible for the London transport system which says the digitally operated transport and food delivery company is "not fit and proper to hold a licence".

The TfL deemed the US-based Uber unfit citing the firm's approach to reporting serious criminal offences and background checks on drivers.

Uber will appeal the decision of London's transport authority but will do so "with the knowledge that we must also change", he said in an open letter to Londoners published by the Evening Standard newspaper.

Tom Elvridge, Uber's general manager in London adds "While we haven't been asked to make any changes, we'd like to know what we can do".

It flagged up Uber's approach to how medical certificates were obtained - for example, drivers using an online GP service via video rather than having a check in person as the regulations insist. "Obviously I am pleased that he has acknowledged the issues that Uber faces in London", Khan said in a statement. He replaced Uber's freewheeling co-founder Travis Kalanick, who was ousted by the company's board of directors last month.

"We won't be ideal, but we will listen to you; we will look to be long-term partners with the cities we service; and we will run our business with humility, integrity and passion", said Khosrowshahi. The move echoed Uber's strategy in disputes with other cities.

"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.

A petition calling on the London mayor to reverse the ban on Uber has now gathered more than 750,000 signatures.

Dawson expects Uber to win its fight with London authorities, although regulators likely will be able to extract concessions from the company. "As Uber's new CEO it's my job to help Uber write its next chapter", he writes.

There have also been reports of an increase in accidents involving Uber drivers who are being offered incentives to work longer just as they are signing out.

Responding to a Freedom of Information request, TfL stated: "Uber have satisfied regulatory requirements and, like all private hire operators, are subject to ongoing tests and inspections to ensure that they remain compliant".

"If you do play by the rules, you're welcome in London".

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