London ban: new Uber CEO apologises for 'mistakes'


The news from London's transportation regulator called Uber "not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator license", thus issuing-at least for the moment-a death blow to the company in the European hub.

Have you read Trendiee Today? Those concerns include the way it conducts background checks on drivers and how the company reports serious incidents to the police.

TfL did not respond to Taxify's enquiries about shutting it down until Thursday, almost two weeks after the decision and a day before Uber's licence renewal was denied, City A.M. understands.

A startup taking on Uber in London has spoken of "frustrating delays" in its efforts to get permission to operate in the capital after months of waiting and no sign yet of getting the green light.

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Uber is now good enough for 732 cities in 84 countries, but strangely now not for cutting-edge London. "Going forward, it's critical that we act with integrity in everything we do, and learn how to be a better partner to every city we operate in". Metropolitan Police Inspector Neil Billany suggested in a letter that the company was putting concerns for its reputation over public safety.

Uber has squared off with regulators in the past, often winning by bringing political pressure to bear.

Uber 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. "They need to be regulated heavily because they're out of control".

While there are several apparent instances of Uber employees, including executives, acting irresponsibly, Tom Elvidge, general manager of Uber in London, refuted some of those specific allegations. "Obviously, I am pleased that he has acknowledged the issues that Uber faces in London", Khan was quoted as saying by the BBC.

The comments mark a more conciliatory tone from the mayor who had criticized the firm's petition to "Save Uber" after news of Uber's removal broke Friday. He doubts Uber will be able to demonstrate that it has changed its ways because Kalanick remains on the board and has a large ownership stake.