Uber loses license to operate in London

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The city of London has rejected a new license to the Uber transport application to operate in the city, according to The Guardian.

The taxi-hailing app is the largest of its kind in the world, and currently has more than 40,000 drivers in London.

The move is the latest in the regulator’s long-standing battle to deal with the increasing number of private hire cars on the capital’s streets.

The firm’s application to renew its license in London was rejected on the grounds that it is not a “fit and proper” private car hire operator. The current license will expire on September 30, but Uber has 21 days to appeal the decision and continue operating in the city.

According to London Transport for London’s transport organization, it has rejected the application request because “Uber’s approach and behavior demonstrate a major lack of corporate responsibility.”

Uber faced the same problem in the Philippines when the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) suspended its franchise late this year, but it was lifted after the company paid a hefty fine of Php 190 million.