London Banning UBER Prompts Swift Response

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

News of London banning UBER has prompted a massive petition of people who need transport and can’t afford the taxi monopoly.

The government of London banning UBER has prompted a glorious reaction. But it does not go far enough. Rather than organizing a petition for the mayor to make sure the rideshare company is granted a license, they should petition him to stop licensing activity where two people agree on a transaction. Some people want money and other people want a ride. The government of London should have nothing to do with it.

The Sun reports, “‘WE ARE ASTOUNDED’ Uber come out fighting over ban as 187,000 sign petition backing firm amid mounting customer anger.

UBER has come out fighting after being stripped of its licence – as more than 187,000 fuming customers sign a petition to keep the app alive in London.

Transport for London announced this morning that the company will not be given another private hire operator licence after its current one expires on September 30 over safety fears.

They said Uber in London is “not fit and proper” to hold the licence but the firm is going to appeal the decision and will be able to operate in the capital until the process is over.

If they lose the appeal, Londoners will no longer be able to get an Uber – but the move will be welcomed by black cab drivers who have long campaigned against the private hire company.

Uber has since urged its London users to fight the decision as 40,000 drivers – the equivalent of the population of Dover in Kent – will lose their jobs.

There are currently 3.5 million passengers in London using the app – just under half the population of the capital.

More than 187,000 people have already signed a petition set up by Tom Elvidge, general manager of Uber in London, calling on Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to make a U-turn on the plans.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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