Uber in London
Uber’s scandal story and contempt for local regulations finally caught up with him on Friday when London refused to renew the company’s license to operate in the city, its biggest European market.
Transport for London, the agency that oversees the city’s subways, buses and taxis, stated that Uber was not “adequate and appropriate enough”. The designation has a significant weight in Great Britain.
The decision, which Uber plans to appeal, raises the possibility that other cities may be emboldened to end the company. In recent years, Uber has been temporarily expelled from some major markets, such as Delhi in India and Austin, Tex. Uber also voluntarily left China after selling his business there to his rival, Didi Chuxing. But he had never been told to leave such an important market as London.
Losing the license to operate in London represents a major challenge for Uber’s new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, who replaced its founder, Travis Kalanick, in August. The company has faced a number of disputes over the past year, including charges of insufficient background drivers, use of software to bypass the authorities’ glance and complaints of an aggressive and unrestricted work culture.
In an email to Uber employees obtained by The New York Times, Mr. Khosrowshahi said he thought the London decision was unfair, but that “the truth is there is a high cost for a bad reputation.” that we act with integrity in everything we do, and learn to be a better partner for every city in which we operate. “
Less than a year ago, a British court ruled that Uber could no longer treat its drivers as independent contractors and would have to comply with the most stringent labor standards, including holiday pay and pensions.
“Fit and proper” is a point of reference that Great Britain applies to different industries and charitable organizations to ensure that individuals or organizations meet the requirements of their industry or specialty.
“Uber’s approach and behavior demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues that have potential public safety implications,” Transport for London said in a statement.
Tests often evaluate factors such as honesty, transparency and competence of a person or company, although there is no formal examination. In Uber’s case, Transport for London said it had examined questions about how the company dealt with serious criminal offenses, how it performed background checks on drivers and its justification for a software program called Greyball, which “could be used to block regulation