Since Uber's arrival in London in 2012, hailing black cabs from the roadside or queuing in cab offices have felt like distant memories for frequent users of the app. As of the 30th of September though — when the car-hailing app's current operating license expires — the ease of hailing a ride with the tap of your finger may be coming to an end.
According to a statement from TfL, the capital's transport governing body, Uber's private hire operating licence renewal has been rejected because, "it has concluded that Uber London Limited is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator license." The statement elaborates that some of the checks failed by the car service involve important passenger safety issues including, "its approach to reporting serious criminal offences", and "its approach to how Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are obtained."
London's mayor Sadiq Khan is in full support of the ruling, saying in a statement, "I fully support TfL's decision — it would be wrong if TfL continued to license Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoners' safety and security." Uber has 21 days to appeal the decision and can continue to operate in London until the appeals process is exhausted.