Today, Transport for London (TfL), the city’s top transit agency, announced that it will not be reissuing Uber’s private car-hire license. TfL deemed the company “unfit” to hold such a license, citing a “lack of corporate responsibility,” specifically pertaining to driver background checks, reporting criminal offenses, and its Greyball software used to evade local authorities.
The decision has since been endorsed by London mayor Sadiq Khan, who said in a statement: "I fully support TfL's decision—it would be wrong if TfL continued to license Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoners' safety and security.”
This move sets up another battle for the company, whose 2017 so far has been mired in lawsuits, leadership shake-ups, among other setbacks.
The company currently claims to serve about 3.5 million passengers in London, along with 40,000 drivers.
"To defend the livelihoods of all those drivers, and the consumer choice of millions of Londoners who use our app, we intend to immediately challenge this in the courts,” Uber's London general manager Tom Elvidge said in a statement. Customers can continue to use the service until the appeals process wraps up, which could take months or longer.