Sep 28, 2017

Uber ruling puts jobs at risk, says Theresa May

The decision to stop Uber operating in London was "Disproportionate" and has put thousands of jobs at risk, the prime minister has told the BBC. The taxi-hailing company has been told it will lose its private hire licence, after Transport for London cited public safety and security concerns. In one of a series of interviews ahead of the Conservative Party conference in Manchester next week, Mrs May told BBC London political editor Tim Donovan she blamed London Mayor Sadiq Khan - who is also the chairman of TfL. "At a stroke of a pen, what the mayor has done is risked 40,000 jobs and of course... damaged the lives of those 3.5 million Uber users." London's mayor asked TfL to meet Uber's chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, after he said in an open letter that Uber would appeal against the city's decision but accepted the company "Must change". "On Thursday, the mayor's spokesman said:"Sadiq has every sympathy with customers and drivers of Uber, but is clear that any anger must be directed at Uber itself. "Regulation is there for a reason and it would have been wrong for TfL to have renewed Uber's licence if they had concerns about Uber being a fit and proper operator."

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