dd ‘Unfit’ Uber stripped of London licence

TECH

‘Unfit’ Uber stripped of London licence

Published: 25 Nov 2019 Updated: 26 Nov 2019   

Online Desk

Uber was stripped of its London operating licence on Monday for the second time in just over two years after the city's regulator said a ‘pattern of failures’ on safety and security meant the taxi app was not fit and proper.

A change to Uber's systems allowed unauthorised drivers to upload their photos to other driver accounts, meaning they could pick up passengers as if they were the booked driver, which happened in at least 14,000 trips, Transport for London (TfL) said, reports Reuters.

The Silicon Valley-based company, which has faced pushback from authorities and existing operators in several countries, has 21 days to appeal and can continue to take rides during the process, which is likely to include court action and could drag on for months.

"TfL has identified a pattern of failures by the company including several breaches that placed passengers and their safety at risk," the regulator said on Monday, the day the firm's licence expires.

"Despite addressing some of these issues, TfL does not have confidence that similar issues will not reoccur in the future, which has led it to conclude that the company is not fit and proper at this time."

Uber, which has roughly 45,000 drivers in London, did not offer an immediate comment.

Uber and TfL have been engaged in a long-running battle since TfL rejected a renewal request in 2017, citing shortcomings in the firm's approach to reporting serious criminal offences and driver background checks.

A judge in 2018 then granted Uber a probationary 15-month licence, after the company made several changes to its business model.

In September, TfL gave Uber just a two-month extension, far short of the maximum possible five years, and imposed further conditions covering ride-sharing, appropriate insurance and driver document checks.

A judge in 2018 then granted Uber a probationary 15-month licence, after the company made several changes to its business model.

In September, TfL gave Uber just a two-month extension, far short of the maximum possible five years, and imposed further conditions covering ride-sharing, appropriate insurance and driver document checks.

Ahead of the latest decision, Uber said it would introduce measures such as a discrimination button enabling drivers and riders to report abuse, enhanced safety training for drivers and a direct connection to the emergency services.


Read More

Turkey wants enhanced ties with Bangladesh exceeding $2 billion trade

Turkey wants enhanced ties with Bangladesh exceeding $2 billion trade

Turkey wants enhanced trade relations with Bangladesh to substantially increase ...

BRAC holds workshop on Inclusive Health Services for Persons with Disabilities

BRAC holds workshop on Inclusive Health Services for Persons with Disabilities

BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH), BRAC ...

PM asks army to gain more strength to defend Bangladesh

PM asks army to gain more strength to defend Bangladesh

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the army to gain ...

Hobiganj-3 lawmaker shifted to CMH for corona treatment

Hobiganj-3 lawmaker shifted to CMH for corona treatment

Member of Parliament (MP) from Hobiganj-3 constituency and Hobiganj District ...

Bangladesh-India restores air connectivity after seven months

Bangladesh-India restores air connectivity after seven months

The air connectivity between the neighboring Bangladesh and India was ...

3 youths die after drinking alcohol in Kushtia

3 youths die after drinking alcohol in Kushtia

Three youths have died of 'poisoning' after drinking liquor in ...

US early voting tops 70 million

US early voting tops 70 million

More than 70 million Americans have cast ballots in the ...

Barcelona president Bartomeu resigns after Messi row

Barcelona president Bartomeu resigns after Messi row

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned from the club on ...