In the news recently, Uber have been dealt a huge blow. The Company’s operating license within the capital has been revoked, TfL (Transport for London) has described the firm as not being ‘fit and proper.’
The last year has been a testing time for Uber, recently being the subject of various scandals. After an investigation into the company’s unstable environment, Around 20 employees were let go recently, CEO Travis Kalanick’s resignation after being forced out by investors and now the loss of business within the London area has been the icing on the cake.
The recent news comes after passenger safety and vetting of drivers was brought to the surface. London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, is said to have made the decision off the back of Uber not playing by the rules.
Mr Khan said: “I want London to be at the forefront of innovation and new technology and to be a natural home for exciting new companies that help Londoners by providing a better and more affordable service.
“However, 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. Providing an innovative service must not be at the expense of customer safety and security.
“I fully support TfL’s decision – it would be wrong if TfL continued to license Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoners’ safety and security.”
As a result, Uber’s London licence will expire on the 30th of September, where the company can continue to operate beyond the date in question, if the decision is appealed.
However, the company has exacerbated London’s traffic congestion and done little to address incidents of violence involving its drivers – is there any way back for Uber?
Not to mention, Uber still stands accused by the police of failing to properly handle serious allegations of rape and sexual assault of passengers in the past. The company has also been dragged through the courts to recognise its responsibility to provide even the most basic rights and protections to Uber drivers.
Whatever way you look at it, Uber are likely to lose even more customers – the company are currently still walking a tightrope in terms of previous scandal, which hasn’t gone away as much as they would have hoped.
I asked the question in my last blog post – if you were to ask an Uber investor today, are you be regretting your investment? The honest answer then was probably, yes.
The answer now, is surely a DEFINITE yes!
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