Uber starts online petition to reverse London ban, gets 500000 signatures

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The taxi app was banned from the capital yesterday after TfL said it was not "fit and proper" to hold a license, arguing that there are issues with the company's approach to reporting serious criminal offences and how medical certificates are obtained.

TfL said the taxi-hailing app had demonstrated "a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications".

Some 400,000 people have signed a petition urging Transport for London (TfL) to reverse its decision not to renew Uber's licence, the media reported on Saturday.

Uber has operated in Bradford since 2015, when it launched its UberX service with a pool of self-employed private hire drivers using its app to pick up fares. "In doing so, we will show that Uber is not just a really great product, but a really great company that is meaningfully contributing to society, beyond its business and its bottom line." .

In the petition, Uber had pointed out that its service is used by 3.5 million people in the city and in addition to that, 40,000 drivers make a living through the company.

"The truth is that there is a high cost to a bad reputation", he wrote in an internal email to staff.

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Responding to the petition, Fred Jones, Uber's United Kingdom head of cities, told the BBC: "I think people realise that this decision by the mayor and Transport for London is actually because they have caved to pressure from a small number of individuals and groups that want to protect the status quo and reduce consumer choice and competition from London".

He added that "it's critical that we act with integrity in everything we do, and learn how to be a better partner to every city we operate in". And while he said it's up to United Kingdom authorities to decide how to treat the company there, the soft-spoken Ross made it clear how he feels.

It has also been forced to quit several countries, including Denmark and Hungary, and faces regulatory battles in multiple USA states and around the world.

Uber enables users to book cars using their smartphones and is available in more than 40 towns and cities across the UK.

Its arrival in London created a clash nearly immediately with the city's famed black cabs, which trace their roots back to 1634.

In London, Uber has faced criticism from unions, legislators and traditional black-cab drivers over working conditions.

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