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Over 600000 sign petition to save Uber in London

25 September 2017, 12:28 | Maryann Sutton

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Uber's general manager in London wants to "know what we can do" after the company lost its license to operate in the city.

"We haven't been asked to make any changes", he added.

The Sunday Times reported the possibility of a concession and also quoted sources close to London's transport body as saying the move was encouraging and suggested the possibility of talks.

The TFL sided with the MPs and argued that the recent refusal is due to Uber's failure to accurately report "serious criminal offense".

Uber's license to operate in London won't be renewed because its practices endanger public safety and security, the local regulator said Friday, in a blow to a company already facing big questions over its corporate culture.

London deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service on Friday and stripped it of its license to operate from the end of next week in a major blow to the USA firm and 3.5 million users in one of the world's wealthiest cities.

More than 515,000 people entered their names by 1200 GMT on Saturday in support of the US -based company, which urged users to sign in order to keep its cars on London roads.

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.

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"I have every sympathy with Uber drivers and customers affected by this decision, but their anger really should be directed at Uber", Mayor Sadiq Khan said. The decision in their favour was thought to open up the possibility of claims from all of its 40,000 drivers in the United Kingdom, who are now not entitled to holiday pay, pensions or other workers' rights.

Uber [UBER.UL], which has 40,000 drivers working in the capital, also said it would contest the decision.

Fred Jones responded by saying Uber had revolutionised the taxi market in London and the rest of the United Kingdom, actually improving safety for passengers and drivers - not harming it.

The petition opposing the announcement says that 40,000 drivers would be put out of work, while millions of Londoners would be deprived of "a convenient and affordable form of transport".

It is the first major test of the company under newly appointed chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi who said in an email to staff that "there is a high cost to a bad reputation" in light of the decision.

A lesser-skilled leader may have seen the London transportation authority's decision as unfair, insulting, maybe even a direct attack on innovation itself.

"They have a lot more scrutiny on them now", said Reed Galen, a political consultant who worked with Uber on a campaign in Austin.



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