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Uber stripped of its license in London

NOT RENEWED: Uber

UBER HAS been stripped of its licence, and will no longer be allowed to operate on London’s streets.

Transport for London (TFL) made the announcement today (Sep 22) in a move that could trigger the removal of tens of thousands of its private-hire drivers from the capital.

Uber, the world’s largest taxi-hailing app, currently has more than 40,000 drivers in London and it said 3.5 million Londoners use the app.

According to the Evening Standard, the move is the latest in the regulator’s long-standing battle to deal with the increasing number of private hire cars on the capital’s streets.

Ahead of the announcement, Helen Chapman, TfL general manager of Taxi & Private Hire, said this week that the cost of regulation is rising due to a “huge” growth in the industry.

The licence is due to expire next Saturday, September 30. The firm has 21 days to appeal. However, it will be allowed to continue to operate during the legal process.

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