Uber CEO: 'We've got things wrong along the way'

by Frankie Norman September 27, 2017, 0:17
Uber CEO: 'We've got things wrong along the way'

TfL made an announcement that it will not renew the license of the USA based ride-hailing service in London on September 22, 2017.

Transport for London said the decision was based on the way drivers' background checks were completed, how criminal offences were reported and the use of software created to stop regulators accessing its app. London police investigated 32 Uber drivers for rape or sexual assault of a passenger between May 2015 and May 2016, according to Freedom of Information Act data obtained by the Sun. He added that even though there is a legal process going on, he has asked Transport for London to make themselves available to meet with him.

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who had initially accused Uber of responding to the decision with aggressive threats, said he welcomed the apology and supported the idea of talks between the city and the company.

TfL considers that Uber's approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues [that] have potential public safety and security implications.

Following the Tfl decision in London, Uber - which is used by 3.5 million people and 40,000 drivers in London - said it planned to appeal.

The licence expires on 30 September but TfL has stated Uber and its 40,000 drivers can continue to work in the capital until any appeal process is exhausted.

Khosrowshahi moved to distinguish the company's actions under former top man Travis Kalanick, those under his spell, stating that, "as Uber's new CEO, it's my job to help Uber write its next chapter".

However, it has also managed to overturn bans and other crackdowns.

Uber has been banned in London, but rules are being relaxed for Uber - and taxis - in New Zealand from Sunday. He also said Uber is pushing a Twitter campaign, #SaveYourUber, and an online petition, which gathered more than 275,000 signatories in just a few hours.

"I welcome the apology by Dara Khosrowshahi, the p. -d. g".

While many would cite the previous monopoly of taxi companies, and their rude, expensive, largely uncharted services, and think, "well, good", the impact on drivers goes far beyond the on-road competition for fares.

The newspaper City AM has described the TfL decision as "political" saying, "Anyone who has used the app will know that TfL's decision to ban it on the grounds of safety is weird, given that customers can track their ride via Global Positioning System and share their location and driver details with friends".

As the Times reports, Uber has 21 days to put forward an appeal, which would be heard by Westminster magistrate's court.

"However, all companies in London must play by the rules and adhere to the high standards we expect - particularly when it comes to the safety of customers".

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