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Uber lose Private Hire licence

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Just reported on the news that TFL have declined to renew Uber's Private Hire licence on the grounds of public safety.

 

Personally I don't think this will be the end of Uber in the U.K., I imagine Uber will appeal and make some concessions to address the issues and all will carry on as before.

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Oh!!  When does come into effect?  Would,imagine black cab drivers will be ready to celebrate.

Maybe better vetting of the drivers, as you hear a lot of negative stuff about more of them, than other taxi service drivers.

 

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They're saying that User are likely to appeal and that the process can take several years.

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36 minutes ago, cruiser647 said:

Oh!!  When does come into effect?  Would,imagine black cab drivers will be ready to celebrate.

Maybe better vetting of the drivers, as you hear a lot of negative stuff about more of them, than other taxi service drivers.

 

Well their existing licence expires at the end of the month, however, they'll be allowed to continue operating through the appeals process, which could potentially be years, but likely to be months.

 

That said, when the French revoked their licence in Paris they ignored it and carried on working, paying drivers fines for them if they got caught, now the fines come with jail time they can't serve that for their drivers so less are taking the risk and they're pretty much done.

 

The problem with the argument that they don't vet their drivers is that if you were to take any company of their size (40,000 employees/drivers (delete as appropriate) in London alone) you'll find a few rapists/murderers/whatever, so it's not really a fair comparison to compare them to Joe Bloggs Cabs with ten drivers, I doubt they have any more 'wronguns' as a percentage of their drivers than anyone else.

 

As I said, I suspect some small concessions will be made by Uber and their licence will be granted, whether the damage is done or not in the eyes of the public already au can't answer, I know that I wouldn't personally use them having seen some of their business practices but each to their own.

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I get the impression people don't care and will continue to use them.

People ignored the VW diesel scandal, the lack of taxes paid by big companies, Tesco over stating their profits and seemingly squeezing their suppliers etc, so I don't think this will have too much effect.

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The taxi that picked me up in Chester earlier was over the moon about. It was like he won the lottery. I don't suppose he liked it when I said I bet it changed nothing. 

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Slightly worried about your taxi driver's geography skills.

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As a Chester resident, I'm not in the least surprised by the taxi driver's geography knowledge :rolleyes:

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All the chatter from cab drivers I've spoken to for months has been about this.

By that, I mean those in London or the south in general when I've flown or caught a train there.

I have no doubt they'll all be celebrating tonight.  I don't think the appeal will be as straight forward or successful as many people seem to think today.  I can see the decision being upheld.

 

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