Britain's minister for London slams "blanket ban" on Uber

Uber petition 500,000 people have signed

Uber petition 500,000 people have signed

TfL had said the taxi-hailing app had demonstrated "a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications".

It cited its approach to handling serious criminal offences and its use of software to block regulatory bodies from gaining full access to the app, preventing "officials from undertaking regulator or law enforcement duties".

Uber was licensed as a private hire company in London in 2012 and has since grown rapidly - posing a challenge to the capital's traditional black cabs - but it has been caught up in the backlash against the so-called gig economy. Black cab drivers complain that Uber drivers are under-regulated.

More than 460,000 signatures have been added to Uber's petition on Change.org titled "Save Your Uber in London" as the company prepares to appeal against the decision.

He went on: "Providing an innovative service must not be at the expense of customer safety and security".

Mr Khan said in a Facebook (NasdaqGS: FB - news) post that he fully supported TfL's decision.

Uber has operated in Bradford since 2015, when it launched its UberX service with a pool of self-employed private hire drivers using its app to pick up fares.

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"The 3.5 million Londoners who rely on Uber to get a safe, reliable and affordable ride around the best city in the world will be astounded by the decision to ban Uber from the capital", it said.

Uber's new CEO, former Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, said the company is paying for its "bad reputation", according to an internal email shared by New York Times reporter Mike Isaac on Twitter.

"For example, there have been allegations that some of its drivers in the United Kingdom have committed sexual assault in varying degrees of seriousness", our correspondent said.

Khosrowshahi, who took over after Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick stepped down, said what people think about the company really matters and that it now has to act with integrity on all things.

Uber, which is valued at about US$70 billion (S$95 billion) and whose investors include Goldman Sachs, has faced protests around the world for shaking up long-established taxi markets.

The California-based company, which was founded eight years ago, has been facing intense criticism in the United Kingdom over claims that it unfairly skews competition and that it has not done enough to crack down on incidents of violence involving its drivers.

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