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London: Uber to lose licence to operate

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The London transport authority has said it will not renew the app-based taxi service, Uber’s operating licence.

In a statement, Transport for London highlighted a number of alleged failings linked to passenger safety.

These include how the company reported serious criminal offences and obtained criminal background checks on drivers.

Uber rejects the accusations, and plans to appeal. It accused London’s authorities of caving in to a small number of people who it said wanted to restrict consumer choice. It’ll be able to continue operating until any appeal process is exhausted.

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Uber operates in hundreds of cities around the world.

In Africa, its operations in Kenya and South Africa, have been opposed, sometimes violently, by taxi drivers who accuse the company of unfair competition.

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