Londoners reacted today to the news that Uber has lost its license to drive on the city’s streets.
Transport for London, the body in charge of the decision, cited concerns over safety and corporate responsibility as contributing factors towards their decision.
The news came as a surprise to the 3.5m Londoners who since 2012, have used the private hire app for business trips, nights out and every day journeys.
One group who backed the decision were the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association (LTDA) who have campaigned regularly over the years to highlight their grievances with Uber.
Steve McNamara, General Secretary of the LTDA said of the decision: “The Mayor made the right call not to relicense Uber.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan supported TFL’s decision stating on Twitter: “All private-hire operators in London need to play by the rules. The safety & security of Londoners must come first.”
Uber have since released a statement on today’s announcement stating: “You have my commitment that Uber will work with London to make things right and keep this great global city moving safely.”
This latest ruling means Uber is posed to leave the streets of London on September 30th, but have 21 days to appeal the decision.