Uber’s new CEO will meet the head of the London regulator which decided not to renew its license to operate in the capital.
Dara Khosrowshahi is less than a month into his new job as Uber’s chief executive and is set to meet London’s transport commissioner Mike Brown to discuss his company’s operations.
Transport for London (TfL) said that Uber was “not fit and proper” to hold a licence because it had demonstrated “a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications”.
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As such it said it would not be renewing Uber’s license to operate when it expires on Sunday 1 October due to the firm’s handling and reporting of alleged criminal offences.
Uber is set to appeal this and is allowed to continue operating while it appeals.
“Our new CEO is looking forward to meeting with the Commissioner next week,” an Uber spokesman said.
“As he said on Monday, we want to work with London to make things right.”
Mr Khosrowshahi has apologised to Londoners for “mistakes we have made” and acknowledged that the company “must change”.
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Uber has warned that TfL’s move would put its 40,000 drivers out of work.
Meanwhile, rival private hire operator Addison Lee has said it plans to increase its driver numbers to around 4,450 from around 3,600.
“With demand growing and Christmas approaching, Addison Lee wants to add to the pool of talented drivers providing our passengers with a premium service,” chief executive Andy Boland said.
A source familiar with the matter said the announcement was linked to TfL’s verdict on Uber.
“The campaign was driven … by the current market situation where Uber drivers are uncertain about the future,” they said.
Source: SKY News