Uber Getting Kicked Out of London for Public Safety Issues

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"On behalf of everyone at Uber globally, I apologize for the mistakes we've made", Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a public letter addressed to "Londoners" on Monday. 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.

"TfL considers that Uber's approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications", the regulator said in a statement.

On Friday, Uber expressed surprise and misunderstanding, criticizing a TfL decision against interests of 3.5 million Londoners who use app, and its 40,000 drivers in British capital.

TfL stunned the powerful US start-up Friday when it deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service for safety reasons and stripped it of its license from September 30, although the company can continue to operate while it appeals.

However, for many in London, pricey black cabs are just too expensive or inconvenient (try hailing one when it is raining....) Uber has revolutionised how young people in particular travel around the city.

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In an open letter to all Londoners Dara Khosrowshahi said the transport technology company has to change if it is to survive in the capital.

On Sept. 22, TfL chose to let Uber's contract expire, giving the company 21 days-until October 13-to appeal the decision.

This added fuel to the suggestions that attacks on Uber had been trumped up following pressure on London mayor Sadiq Khan by lobbyists.

Yet, Uber and Lyft can more often than not face opposition and controversial actions from skeptical city officials regarding the background checks of their drivers.

Uber is ready to make concessions to reverse the decision of ban by London transport authorities.

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"I appreciate Uber has an army of PR experts, I appreciate Uber has an army of lawyers - they've also made aggressive threats about taking us to court".

Councils have now said that other licensing authorities across England will be watching how the dispute between Uber and TfL unfolds, and have claimed that the case is further evidence that modern laws must be brought in to regulate private hire taxi companies. Almost 600,000 people signed a petition by 2200 GMT on Saturday, September 23, 2017.

If you're freaking out that you've only got a few days left to grab an Uber home - don't worry.

It has also raised the question about what will happen to Uber's 40,000 drivers.

TfL highlighted the company's approach to reporting serious criminal offences and to obtaining criminal record checks for drivers as factors in its decision. "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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