London is in an uproar as officials have stripped Uber of its license to operate within the city. This decision will be effective as of the 30th of September. It comes as a result of the company’s lack of employees’ rights and safety.
But despite the altruistic intent, this decision also means that 40,000 Uber employees will be out of a job.
The worst thing about this Uber ban in London is that they have given 40,000 drivers 9 days to find a new job.
Give 2 months notice…
— Lux (@Callux) September 22, 2017
Uber, based in Silicon Valley, offers their services in over 630 cities worldwide. And with London jumping ship, the company fears authorities in other countries may follow London’s example. Passengers in London, alarmed as well, are fretting over how they will be able to afford rides home late at night.
Transport for London asserts that the company is “not fit and proper” to operate in the capital due to concerns which have “public safety and security implications.”
And despite major backlash, some celebrate the city’s decision.
Cab drivers, such as the one pictured below, are happy with ban. And another black cab driver pointed out that the company has “120,000 cars.” and no regulation of drivers. “London is grid locked and it’s mainly because of Uber, it is just shocking,” the driver said.
However, more than 140,000 people have signed a petition calling for the decision to be reversed. And according to Daily Mail, at one point during the day, that number was rising at a dizzying 2,000 signatures per minute.
Uber stated that the decision would “show the world that, far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies.”
Some have pointed out that with such a threat, perhaps Uber will take more steps to protect their drivers from dangerous situations.
Uber has asserted, they will challenge the ruling. They reportedly have 21 days to lodge a repeal.