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London's Transportation Regulator Won't Renew Uber's License to Operate

Uber London Ltd.'s license to operate won't be renewed, London's transportation regulator said Friday.

Speaking about TfL's decision, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said that any anger "should be directed at Uber", and he backs TfL's decision.

"Leeds City Council has put in place some of the most challenging policies and conditions in the United Kingdom to ensure public and taxi passenger safety, with different regulations in Leeds compared to London which mean the safety and security issues raised by TfL are not applicable in Leeds", a spokesman said.

"As such we are lobbying for a stronger national licensing and enforcement approach to this issue".

Will this reverse TfL's decision?

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"A blanket ban will cause massive inconvenience to millions of Londoners, all the while showing that the mayor of London is closed to business and innovation", he said.

Business group London First said TfL's ruling "will be seen as a Luddite decision by millions of Londoners and worldwide visitors who use Uber", and would damage London's reputation as a global tech hub.

A union representing Uber drivers said its members face going bust as they rely on money from fares to pay for their cars.

Mr Khan said: "I know that Uber has become a popular service for many Londoners, but it would be wrong for TfL to licence Uber if there was any way this could pose a threat to Londoners' safety or security".

In one of the fastest growing petitions with a record number of people signing Uber's petition against Transport for London's decision to strip the firm of their licence, Uber has received more than half a million signatures in just over 24 hours.

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Black Cab drivers block Whitehall as they take part in a protest against Uber. In light of those declarations, Khan stated that although he remains a supporter of innovative enterprises, safety and security of the citizens is of utmost priority.

Uber has 21 days to appeal the move, and if it does so the app will continue to operate as normal until the challenge is finished.

Uber, which operates in hundreds of cities and more than 80 countries, last month announced that it hired former Expedia boss Khosrowshahi as its new chief executive in an attempt to steer the ride-sharing service away from the string of controversies it has faced in the past year.

Uber said it meant to challenge the decision immediately in the courts.

Uber said it plans to appeal and accused London's regulator of caving in to special interests "who want to restrict consumer choice".

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Uber was founded in 2009 as UberCab by Garrett Camp, the cofounder of StumbleUpon, and Travis Kalanick, who had sold his Red Swoosh startup for $19 million in 2007.

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