TfL closes Uber

Transport for London (TfL) has denied Uber‘s request to renew its licence in London after determining that the car-hailing app is “not fit and proper” to hold the licence.

The decision means that, as things stand, Uber will not be licensed to operate in London from September 30, when its current licence expires.

TfL said that “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”.

Uber claims it has 3.5 million users in London and 40,000 drivers and has faced huge criticism over its treatment of drivers.

TfL’s criticisms included Uber’s approach to reporting serious criminal offences, as well as its use of ‘Greyball’, an alternate version of the app used to mislead regulators.