Uber boss to meet London's transport chief

Friday, 29 Sep, 2017

Uber is is planning to appeal last Friday's decision, backed by the London mayor, which was taken on the grounds of "public safety and security implications".

"I am very surprised that a big company, a big multinational like Uber, can't find a way to use its application to train its drivers", the transport minister said at a news conference in Quebec City. For people living or staying in outlying areas of the capital, night buses and trains are completely inadequate and black cab fares utterly unaffordable.

These are the transport issues with Uber which the TfL decision, taken for administrative reasons, fails to address.

With Mayor of London Sadiq Khan now reportedly open to negotiations with the tech firm over its private hire licence, the debate around Uber could wage on for some time yet.

Interestingly, the fight has both racial and political undertones.

It questioned also the process through which drivers obtain their medical certificates and the practice of "greyballing", when the company uses a fake version of its app to fool regulators in cities in which it is banned.

Farage campaigned extensively to bring Britain out of the European Union using anti-immigration scare tactics.

Earlier this week, a tribunal ruled that a group of Addison Lee's drivers were workers.

"There is a huge disparity in socioeconomic conditions of BME (black minority ethnic) citizens and their white British counterparts". That was when I first learned about Uber, the service they were complaining about, and I immediately signed up.

"I'm going to talk to City Attorney [Dennis] Herrera about this right now", he said, and added he'd like to ask the State Attorney General's Office to join a potential action.

Less than a month into the job, new Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is headed to London to try to negotiate the restoration of the company's operating license in the British capital. "On behalf of everyone at Uber globally, I apologise for the mistakes we've made", wrote Khosrowshahi.

Uber has given millions of us a taste of how technology can transform a service to the benefit of consumers, while Sadiq Khan has given us a taste of how a Labour government, in hock to the unions and driven by an increasingly anti-market ideology, would behave.

But the new law forced all taxis to fit seat sensors, video surveillance, and taxi meters - an expense Uber felt was not worth its 300,000 users there.In Italy, Rome's taxi associations won a court case ruling against Uber, leading to a country-wide ban in April 2017.

On Thursday, Theresa May said the decision not to renew Uber's London licence was disproportionate, and accused the mayor of putting thousands of jobs at risk.