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

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TfL highlighted the company's approach to reporting serious criminal offences and to obtaining criminal record checks for drivers as factors in its decision.

Even if many tourists are probably included in the total, the figure represents a potential political force of commuters who face long journeys between their home and offices and who use Uber as a cheaper alternative to other taxi firms.

"I think what's happening with Uber is really not very justified in London".

"The entire industry is based on abusing vulnerable people, the drivers are not happy but they will put their head down and keep working because they are stuck. Pls work w/us to make things right", Khosrowshahi wrote.

"TfL has concluded that Uber London Limited is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence". Needless, it is a clear indication that a large number of Londoners are in favor of the company.

That doesn't' mean abandoning our principles - we will vigorously appeal TfL's decision - but rather building trust through our actions and our behavior.

Turning to users for help is one of the first steps in Uber's playbook.

In an e-mail to Uber employees, Mr Khosrowshahi said he thought the London decision was unfair, but "the truth is that there is a high cost to a bad reputation".

Uber continues to engage in a cat-and-mouse game with city officials in numerous 600 plus cities in which it operates.

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"This ban shows the world that London is far from being open and is closed to innovative companies, who bring choice to consumers and work opportunities to those who need them".

A petition set up following the decision has been heavily promoted by Uber. It added UberX, which competes more directly with the city's storied black cabs, a year later.

"To defend the livelihoods of all those drivers, and the consumer choice of millions of Londoners who use our app, we intend to immediately challenge this in the courts", Uber said.

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Black cab drivers complain that Uber drivers are under-regulated.

"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", Khan said.

The company has already been forced to leave several countries, including Denmark and Hungary, and has faced regulatory battles in multiple U.S. states and countries around the world.

A survey of 80 global cities in July, found that London's taxis were the sixth most expensive in the world, behind only two Swiss cities, Tokyo, Copenhagen and Helsinki.

But he also suggested that Uber might eventually be allowed to continue operating in London.

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