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600,000 sign petition to overturn London Uber ban



More than 600, 000 people had by Sunday signed a petition asking London transport authorities to reverse their decision not to renew Uber ’ s licence when it expires.

Friday ’ s decision to ban the ride -sharing service was “ affecting the real lives of a huge number of honest and hard-working drivers ” and would “ show the world that London is far from being open and is closed to innovative companies, ” the petition said.

Transport for London said the conduct of Uber , which has around 40 , 000 drivers and 3. 5 million customers in the British capital , had raised safety concerns .

“ TfL has concluded that Uber London Limited is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence , ” it said in a statement.

It said 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”, citing concerns over background checks of drivers .

The petition , on change . org , said that Uber provided a “ safe , reliable and affordable ride ”, and thar its users would be “ astounded ” by the ban .

“ By wanting to ban our app from the capital , Transport for London and their chairman the Mayor have given in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice , ” it added.

The licence expires on September 30 but Uber has 21 days to appeal the decision, and has said it plans a challenge .

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn on Saturday backed his London mayor Sadiq Khan , telling Sky News that authorities had done the “ right thing”.

“ Obviously people need to be able to travel , obviously they want to be able to access cabs, ” he said . “ Those cabs must be safe, must be regulated and must be available for all. ”

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