‘Unfit’ Uber stripped of London license after security failures


LONDON (Information) – Uber (UBER.N) was stripped of its London working license on Monday for the second time in simply over two years after town’s regulator stated a “sample of failures” on security and safety meant the taxi app was not match and correct.

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A change to Uber’s methods allowed unauthorized drivers to add their images to different driver accounts, that means they may decide up passengers as in the event that they had been the booked driver, which occurred in at the very least 14,000 journeys, Transport for London (TfL) stated.

The Silicon Valley-based firm, which has confronted pushback from authorities and current operators in a number of international locations, has 21 days to attraction and might proceed to take rides throughout the course of, which is prone to embody court docket motion and will drag on for months.

“TfL has recognized a sample of failures by the corporate together with a number of breaches that positioned passengers and their security in danger,” the regulator stated on Monday, the day the agency’s license expires.

“Regardless of addressing a few of these points, TfL doesn’t believe that related points won’t reoccur sooner or later, which has led it to conclude that the corporate isn’t match and correct at the moment.”

Uber, which has roughly 45,000 drivers in London, didn’t provide a right away remark.

Uber and TfL have been engaged in a long-running battle since TfL rejected a renewal request in 2017, citing shortcomings within the agency’s method to reporting severe prison offences and driver background checks.

A choose in 2018 then granted Uber (UBER.N) a probationary 15-month license, after the corporate made a number of modifications to its enterprise mannequin.

In September, TfL gave Uber only a two-month extension, far in need of the utmost attainable 5 years, and imposed additional situations protecting ride-sharing, applicable insurance coverage and driver doc checks.

Forward of the most recent choice, Uber stated it could introduce measures equivalent to a discrimination button enabling drivers and riders to report abuse, enhanced security coaching for drivers and a direct connection to the emergency companies.

Reporting by Costas Pitas. Modifying by Andrew MacAskill and Kate Holton