Uber users in London got some bad news on Friday after the city of decided to strip the ride-sharing company of its license.
Uber will no longer be able to operate in London after Sept. 30, affecting as many as 40,000 drivers, according to Reuters. The Regulator Transport for London claimed Uber jeopardized public safety, and decided to not renew its license after the end of the month. Uber can appeal the decision and will be allowed to operate until the appearl has been processed.
"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," said the TfL.
The globally popular ride-sharing app comprises about one third of for-hire vehicles on London streets.
TfL's decision was met with criticism by some users on social media.
£12 from C. London to mine in an uber, or £40 in a black cab.— Sweep (@KaliSweep) September 22, 2017
'But what about London tradition'.
Uber being banned in London is classic bureaucratic bullshit. Hoping a workaround is found. Black cabs are outdated and overpriced.— Evan Edinger (@EvanEdinger) September 22, 2017
While regulators point to safety concerns, there may be more to it than meets the eye, according to Uber's London general manager.
"Transport for London and the Mayor have caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice," said Tom Elvidge. "We intend to immediately challenge this in the courts."
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has backed the TfL decision, noting Uber must "play by the rules."
Uber has faced backlash from London's iconic black cab drivers, who claim the company fails to comply with safety rules and poses a threat to their careers. The company has also been criticized by unions and lawmakers due to workers' rights issues.