Uber's licence suspended in British city of Sheffield

Lloyd Doyle
December 7, 2017

USA ride-hailing app Uber has had its licence suspended in the British city of Sheffield for failing to respond to requests for information about its management, city officials said on Thursday.

The ban will come into force on December 18, Sheffield City Council said.

The ride-hailing app, which is now attempting to overturn a licence ban in London, can appeal the decision after 18 December once the ban comes into place.

In September, Transport for London (TfL) denied Uber's request for a new licence, saying the firm was "not fit and proper" to operate in the capital.

Uber will be allowed to operate until December 18th, and further will be allowed to continue if it appeals the suspension (which, let's face it, it will).

The taxi app failed to respond to requests from Sheffield City Council about the management of the firm, the council said.

October 2016 saw the Central London Employment Tribunal rule in GMB's favour - determining that Uber drivers are not self-employed, but workers entitled to basic workers' rights including holiday pay, a guaranteed minimum wage and an entitlement to breaks. "The legislation does not allow for the transfer of an operator's licence".

It is understood that Uber was already applying for a new licence instead under the name Uber Britannia Limited and that is being considered.

"We submitted an application for a new licence on 16 October which continues to be processed".

Uber's existing licence is in the name of an employee who is leaving the company.

Kalanick's replacement as CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, apologised for "the mistakes we've made" after the London licence denial and said Uber would appeal "with the knowledge that we must also change".

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