Friday, September 22, 2017

The Real Story Behind Why Uber Lost Its License to Operate in London

Government has raised its ugly head in London to clearly demonstarte that it is evil.

Uber will not be issued a new private hire license, Transport for London  said.

TfL concluded Uber was not fit and proper to hold a London private hire operator liclicense
It said it took the decision on the grounds of
"public safety and security implications".

Of course, no one is forcing anyone to take an Uber ride. It is done voluntarily which means the actual users are judging the "public safety and security implications" differently than the coercive state.

Some 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers use Uber in London.

The cultural Marxist, crony Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: "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."

The decision means Uber is technically not allowed to operate in London from October 1, although it has 21 days to appeal against the decision and will be able to continue to provide services during this period, and for the duration of the appeals process.

Confirming it would appeal against the decision, Uber said it showed the world "far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies".

Of course, what is really going down is an attempt by old-school taxi drivers to block competition.

Brett Arend explains:
[T]his bush move by the London mayor has very little to do with defending the safety of passengers, and a lot to do with defending the jobs of his politically organized supporters in the transport industry.
There are 28,000 unionized employees of Transport for London itself, and 22,000 politically powerful drivers of black London taxis. They don’t want competition, for the same reason the rest of us don’t. We’d love to be able to put our feet up. Alas and alack, most of us have to compete for business in our lives. Unless, of course, we can use union power and muscle to get political patrons to protect us.
Maria Ludkin, legal director of the 631,000 GMB trade union, said the license loss was a "historic victory."

“No company can behave like it’s above the law, and that includes Uber. No doubt other major cities will be looking at this decision and considering Uber’s future on their own streets,” she said.