London says it won't renew Uber's license

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Uber, which accounts for a third of private hire vehicles on London's streets, said it would contest the decision.

After this morning's shock at Transport for London's (TfL) decision over Uber's licence, Londoners have got to work, with a petition to keep the service on gaining nearly 35,000 signatures in just a few hours.

In a latest development, the transport authority of London considers Uber in London as not 'fit and proper'.

Around 40,000 Uber drivers now operate in London, and the service is used by 3.5 million customers each week.

TfL said Uber has 21 days to appeal the decision and would be able to continue operating during any appeal process.

Tom Elvidge, Uber's general manager for London, responded by saying that TfL had "caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice".

In April, Uber said it would offer drivers a limited package of paid sick leave in response to concern that firms such as Uber and Deliveroo in the "gig economy" do not provide sufficient rights to their workers.

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This is a crystal clear example of the taxi cartel now in place in London. Now, in yet another massive blow to Uber, London's transport regulator has rejected its application to renew the licence to operate.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan and the city's taxi drivers union both said they supported the decision not to renew Uber's license.

Not only will Londoners be out of the loop, but 40,000 Uber drivers will also now be forced out of work.

The final day of Uber's licence will be on Sep. 30.

The taxi-hailing app intend to immediately challenge the decision. "Any operator of private hire services in London needs to play by the rules", he said. However, Uber can appeal by October 13, based on the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998, and can continue to operate until the end of the appeals process.

'Uber operates in more than 600 cities around the world, including more than 40 towns and cities here in the UK.

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