45.000 drivers are now in risk of losing their job.
The additional 2 months extension licence expired on the 24th November.
Uber will now appeal against the regulator’s decision to strip it of its licence, they have confirmed.
The Uber CEO said ” We understand we’re held to a high bar, as we should be. But this TfL decision is just wrong. Over the last 2 years we have fundamentally changed how we operate in London. We have come very far — and we will keep going, for the millions of drivers and riders who rely on us.
Uber twice granted a temporary licence:
-First a 15month licence extension
-Second an extension granted in September which was due on the 24th November
The regulator said “it was unacceptable that drivers were unlicensed; the taxi app was not fit and proper to operate” ; “Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility” in relation to report checks on drivers background, criminal offences and obtain medical certificates.
They have identified the app’s pattern of failures in London that was putting passengers at safety risk.
The app’s system also allowed unauthorized drivers to upload their photos to other Uber accounts.
Uber drivers announced “they can’t wait for the next Mayor election” as Sadiq Khan stands against them, supporting the regulator’s position and suggesting to not renew Uber’s licence.
According to TFL’s reports during late 2018 until early 2019 there had been at least 14.000 fraudulent trips in London
Back in 2017 Uber saw its first decline when it lost its licence as TFL rejected to renew Uber contract – TFL granted a 15 month licence extension
The “Greyball” phenomena was the trigger of the decision as the sofware’s system could have been manipulated by the user by blocking the regulators’ motorization