London Petition to Save Uber - 633853 Signatures

London Petition to Save Uber - 633853 Signatures

London's transport authorities stunned the powerful US start-up on Friday when they deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service for safety reasons and stripped it of its license from September 30, although it can operate while it appeals.

Londoners are so dismayed at Uber's disappearance from city's streets, that a petition set up by the company has gained more than 640,000 signatures in just two days.

On Friday Uber stated its intent to appeal the decision (meaning Uber will continue to operate as normal for the foreseeable future) and started an online petition to drum up support among its customers in London.

"By wanting to ban our app from the capital, Transport for London and the Mayor have given in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice".

Meanwhile, the head of London's Metropolitan police's taxi and private hire unit accused Uber of being selective over which crimes it reported, telling police only about "less serious matters" that would be "less damaging to [its] reputation".

Uber will lose its license to operate in London because it may be endangering public safety and security, the local regulator said Friday, in a severe blow to a company already facing big questions over its corporate culture.

Elvidge further added that Transport for London and the Mayor will put more than 40,000 licensed drivers out of work by this decision.

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And Mr Corbyn, who is a keen Arsenal fan but did not take to the pitch, will be hoping it is not a bad omen for the party, which is on a high after a better-than-expected election result.

He said Uber needs to offer "decent pay and conditions for its staff", and "there is an issue about safety".

John Zimmer, Lyft's co-founder said: "We're the fastest growing ride-share company in the United States right now".

London taxi cabs parked in protest against Uber.

The campaign on the website Change.org asks London Mayor Sadiq Khan to reverse TfL's decision and is being promoted on the company's app in London. More traditional services, like the black cabs or private-hire cars, are more expensive. The regulators were tossing about accusations of improper behavior in their home offices and the usual allegations, but primarily claimed that London riders would be "unsafe" with their drivers. They are saying that "TfL could have given the drivers a little bit more time because a lot of drivers are now out of work". Experts say Uber's less intense scrutiny of drivers' criminal and medical backgrounds gives the company a substantial edge over standard taxi companies.

A spokesman for Transport for London declined to comment.

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