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Half a million sign Uber's petition to keep London licence

Half a million sign Uber's petition to keep London licence

"If you want to continue using the Uber app in London - and to defend the livelihoods of 40,000 licensed drivers - please sign this petition urging the Mayor to think again".

In a big blow to Uber, London's transport regulator announced on Friday that it will not renew the taxi company's licence, citing "public safety and security implications".

"As mayor of London I welcome innovative new companies that help Londoners by providing a better and more affordable service - but providing an innovative service is not an excuse for not following the rules".

However, a campaign Save Uber in London has become the fastest growing petition in the United Kingdom this year.

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

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.

Mr Khan said that the regulator had concluded that Uber's conduct meant that it was not fit and proper to hold a private hire licence.

A union representing Uber drivers said its members face going bust as they rely on money from fares to pay for their cars. A ride from Heathrow to the city might cost $50 in an Uber and more than $100 in a black cab. However, Tom Elvidge, General Manager of Uber in London, said in a statement that an "independent review found that "greyball" has never been used or considered in the United Kingdom".

Over four lakh people have signed a petition calling on Londoners to save Uber, a day after the US-based ride-hailing app firm lost its licence to operate on the streets of the UK's capital.

And we are joined by Rosh Varma who drives a black taxi and is a member of the United Cabbies Group, and Syed Khalil who now works as a driver for Uber.

In a strongly-worded letter, Inspector Neil Billany of the Metropolitan Police's taxi and private hire team suggested the company was putting concerns for its reputation over public safety.

It was banned in New Delhi, India, after a driver was accused of raping a female passenger, but the decision was later overturned.

The California-based company, which was founded eight years ago, has been facing intense criticism in the United Kingdom over claims that it unfairly skews competition and that it has not done enough to crack down on incidents of violence involving its drivers.