Are You Fit and Proper to Be in London?

September 29, 2017

Transportation authorities in London, England, decided that Uber is not “proper and fit” to hold a license to operate cars in London, which might mean that Uber can no longer operate there.

What’s the big deal, you say?

Well, Uber, the popular ride-sharing company, currently has around 40,000 drivers helping people in London get from one place to another. As more people sign up with Uber, it becomes cheaper and quicker to get around town.

That’s a good thing, right?

Sure, but you see, the city is looking for more than convenience; Transport for London, or the transportation authority, thinks that Uber isn’t doing an effective job with customer safety, which is why their license to operate in London is expected to be revoked.

So where does that leave the people of London who have grown accustomed to Uber?

Probably struggling to find quick ways to get to work, unless Uber appeals and fights back. Not everyone dislikes the decision though. London taxi drivers support revoking Uber’s license, but they are also the ones most impacted by the rise of a competitor like Uber. Is it possible that London taxi drivers simply disliked the competition from Uber?

Perhaps, but on the flip side, London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, approved the move, saying “providing an innovative service must not be at the expense of customer safety and security.”

We’ll know soon enough how the case proceeds as Uber fights back to keep its drivers and customers in the city!

What do you think? Does Transport of London have a good point: convenience shouldn’t outweigh safety?