London strips Uber of its licence to operate from the end of September in a huge blow to the taxi app that will affect more than 40,000 drivers in one of the world's biggest cities. Saskia O'Donoghue reports.
Uber has been stripped of its licence in London. In a huge blow for the taxi app, the city's transport regulator on Friday (September 22) banned the company from operating after the end of September. The decision is likely to affect over 40,000 drivers. In a statement, Transport For London criticised Uber for a "lack of corporate responsibility", saying their behaviour posed "potential safety and security implications". The company says they will appeal the decision within the required 21 days, but it is unclear whether they will be able to operate in October while any appeal is being considered. In London, Uber has faced criticism from unions over working conditions, as well as from lawmakers and traditional black cab drivers. The city's Mayor Sadiq Khan said he backed the decision, saying the safety of customers was of utmost importance. Globally, Uber have endured a tumultuous few months after a string of scandals involving allegations of sexism and bullying. It lead to investor pressure which forced out the former CEO and co-founder. The app has also been forced to quit several countries including Denmark and Hungary and faced regulatory battles in multiple U.S. states and countries around the world.