Taxi for Uber – American tech giant loses licence to operate in London

London has become the latest city to take action against the “gig economy” with the announcement that Transport for London (TfL) will not renew Uber’s private hire operator licence when it expires on 30 September 2017. TfL stated that Uber “is not fit and proper” and expressed concerns about its approach to serious criminal offences, medical certificates, enhanced disclosure and barring service checks, and the use of software which could block law enforcement access to the Uber app. Uber has 21 days to appeal the decision and can continue to operate in London until this process is complete.

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