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Over five lakh Londoners sign petition to save Uber

25 September 2017

Mr Khan took to the field today despite being embroiled in a huge political row over the Transport for London decision to cancel Uber's licence to operate in London.

In a rare interview Uber's Head of Cities, Fred Jones, tells Ian Payne his company is responsible for improving safety, not damaging it, in the capital.

Half a million people have signed an online petition in under 24 hours backing Uber's bid to stay on the roads of London, showing the company is turning to its tried-and-tested tactic of asking customers for help when it locks horns with regulators.

"This ban would show the world that, far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies who bring choice to consumers".

The agency specifically called out Uber's approach to reporting crime, its approach to background checks, and its use of Greyball, software that allowed it to circumvent detection by governments.

The Uber service has become the darling of most Londoners, but in a city filled with well-known black cabs and minicab firms, there are plenty of alternatives out there.

"Since it first came onto our streets Uber has broken the law, exploited its drivers and refused to take responsibility for the safety of passengers", McNamara continued.

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Hodgson is a gentleman in terms of how he behaves, but he was not afraid to make his point more forcefully if he had to. Boos could be heard around Selhurst Park when Loftus-Cheek was taken off with 13 minutes of normal time left to play.

In a statement to media, Tom Elvidge, Uber London's GM has expressed the concern about Uber drivers in London.

Hands accused Khan of putting 40,000 people out of work and leaving 3.5 million users of Uber stranded "at the flick of a pen".

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn on Saturday backed his London mayor Sadiq Khan, telling Sky News that authorities had done the "right thing". Uber's London permit will now lapse on September 30.

"Their standards are not up to scratch", said 71-year-old Walt Burrows, who has driven a black cab for 39 years. The regulators were tossing about accusations of improper behavior in their home offices and the usual allegations, but primarily claimed that London riders would be "unsafe" with their drivers. So while Uber drivers' jobs are in jeopardy, they will still be able to work for a while, and, in the case that Uber wins an appeal, might never lose their ability to work at all.

Meanwhile, rival app Lyft is reportedly looking to muscle in on the London market, with a Freedom of Information request revealing the San Francisco-based start-up had held talks with TfL and City Hall in the a year ago, according to the Sunday Telegraph.

The battle to reverse the licence ruling overlaps Uber's efforts to appeal against a ruling regarding the employment status of its drivers, which will be heard at the employment appeals tribunal this week.

Over five lakh Londoners sign petition to save Uber