Uber tops 500 000 signatures on petition to halt London ban

Stopping traffic black cab drivers protest against Uber in 2016.     Dinendra Haria

US-based taxi-hailing company Uber has indicated that it is open to discuss concessions with transport authorities to continue operating in London, days after it lost its license to ply on the streets of the UK's capital. "Even though there is a legal process in place, I have asked TfL to make themselves available to meet with him", Khan said in a statement.

"I welcome the apology from Dara Khosrowshahi, the Uber CEO".

Khosrowshahi also personally appealed to TfL following the decision to reject the application for a new licence, saying: "We are far from flawless, but we have 40,000 licensed drivers and 3.5 million Londoners depending on us".

TfL stunned the powerful USA start-up Friday when it deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service for safety reasons and stripped it of its license from September 30, although the company can continue to operate while it appeals.

If true, these alarming events provide ample reason for TfL to remove Uber from the city's roads.

Khosrowshahi, who is less than a month into his new job, did not specify which mistakes Uber had made in London.

On Sept. 22, TfL chose to let Uber's contract expire, giving the company 21 days-until October 13-to appeal the decision.

Uber will lose its license to operate in London because it may be endangering public safety and security, the local regulator said Friday, in a severe blow to a company already facing big questions over its corporate culture.

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A petition calling on London to overturn its decision not to renew Uber's licence had gathered more than 750,000 signatures on Monday.

It also questioned the process through which drivers obtain their medical certificates and the practice of "greyballing", when the company uses a fake version of its app to fool regulators in cities in which it is banned.

"I have every sympathy with Uber drivers and customers affected by this decision but their anger really should be directed at Uber".

In addition to the apology, Uber started a petition to reverse the ban.

And Twitter user she was "annoyed" at the decision as Uber allowed her to get out of "uncomfy" situations if out at night.

A NCC spokeswoman added: "When issuing a private operator's licence, the council has to be satisfied that the applicant is fit and proper to hold the licence in line with legislation and the council's licensing policy".

Uber has always been a target of complaints from taxi drivers and companies. Uber also tweeted saying that they have been keen in following the procedure of reporting crimes. There is also a possibility that TfL and Uber meet soon. While the ride-hailing app is targeting 1 million supporters, Khan defended his position that while he supports innovative businesses, all companies must adhere to high standards of safety and security.

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