‘It’s a catastrophe’: your views on Uber losing its London licence

Uber has had its application for a new licence in London rejected. The decision was made on the basis that the company was considered not a “fit and proper” private car hire operator.

The cab company said it would challenge the ruling immediately. The current licence expires on 30 September but Uber has 21 days to appeal and can continue to operate until that process expires.

We gathered the views of Londoners on this decision.

Pretesh Singadia, 29: Hopefully this will give Uber a kick up the bum and make it more transparent


It’s a good thing this has happened as hopefully it will force Uber to clear up its act a bit and adopt fairer working conditions for its drivers. I hope it will give Uber a kick up the bum and make it more transparent.

Having said that, I am sad about the fact that I cannot use the app anymore. I use Uber once a week at the very minimum so it not being there will affect me. My journey back home from the station will be £15 in a black cab compared to £5.50 with an Uber.

Gana Natkunan, 76: If someone has done something wrong the whole company should not be punished


I don’t think Uber should have had its licence revoked because a lot of people use it and it’s much cheaper than other cab services. If someone has done something wrong then the people involved in that should be punished but not the whole company.

I am more interested in the service that I get from them and the fact the fare I pay is reasonable. You can call Uber any time and they will come and pick you up and drop you off. When you get in they also tell you the price so it’s upfront. I have not used Uber for a while but it’s useful and I usually use it to visit friends or go to meetings. If it’s not there I will just use my own car more.

Thalia Dergham, 27: I am sure Uber will be back sooner rather than later



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I remember when I first came to London, and when Uber came it really affected the lifestyle of young people. It meant you could travel in the evenings or treat yourself to a cab late at night without feeling a huge sense of guilt. So I think it changed London nightlife. I wonder if it going will make a difference but I doubt it as I am sure other companies will just jump in.

I am surprised at the timing because Travis Cordell, the former chief executive, has just left and I thought it would be a new era for the company. It’s weird this is happening now after he has been let go, but it’s good Transport for London has taken action in this way. Uber needs a shake up and I am sure it will change its practices and then it will be back sooner rather than later.

I use Uber on the weekends and rarely during the week. I think now I will use other cab apps, but I will not be taking black cabs as they are too expensive. Maybe it would be interesting for black cabs to take advantage of this and lower their prices to gain a share in the market of young people.

Michelle Andrew, 48: They will be back and when they are I hope they will treat their staff better


I think Uber will be back, but hopefully in a better way. I hope it becomes better in how it treat its staff. Lots of Uber drivers are on zero-hours contracts, for example, and that is really wrong. It’s down to the management of the company and what they can get away with.

Robert Murphy, 49: Shutting Uber down seems extreme. Now my life is completely inconvenienced



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I use Uber seven or eight times a week socially to see friends or go to restaurants. I find the company super efficient. It is cost effective and, importantly, you don’t have to worry about having cash. Black cabs shun you or turn their noses up at you if you have to pay by credit card. If we are moving towards a cashless society, black cabs need to up their game. Uber is cheaper – and cleaner.

I feel like it is an overly excessive response to take Uber’s licence away. The company should perhaps have responded better to certain problems, but maybe they should have gone into arbitration and got a penalty. Shutting them down seems extreme. Now my life is completely inconvenienced as I will not get black cabs.

Andrew Fernandes, 28: Having a cheap service is important and I use Uber every other day



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It’s a catastrophe for me – Uber is super cheap. I am not one of them Goldman Sachs kids who can afford charging on the clock and getting a black cab. Having a cheap service is important and I use Uber every other day. I live in Kings Langley in Hertfordshire, so I take a train from Euston to the suburbs and then get an Uber home from Watford Junction. It costs about £7. If I can no longer take an Uber then I will have to do my research and find an alternative route. I wonder what the repercussions will be for the drivers. I definitely think another service will pop up.


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