LONDON (Reuters) – Uber’s license within the southern English coastal metropolis of Brighton won’t be renewed, the native council stated on Tuesday, including the taxi app shouldn’t be “fit and proper” and citing considerations over an information breach and using drivers from exterior the world.
The Silicon Valley agency can also be battling a call by London’s transport regulator final September to strip the agency of its license, after which Brighton granted a six-month extension whereas it monitored the state of affairs.
On Tuesday, the Chair of Brighton’s licensing panel Councillor Jackie O’Quinn stated the council wouldn’t renew the agency’s proper to function within the space, partly after the company did not promptly disclose a hack which affected some 57 million accounts worldwide.
“Our priority is the safety of residents and visitors and, due to the data breach and the lack of commitment to using drivers licensed here, we were not satisfied that UBL (Uber Britannia Limited) are a fit and proper person to hold an operator’s license,” she stated.
Uber stated it will be interesting.
“This is a disappointing decision for the thousands of passengers and drivers who rely on our app in Brighton and Hove. We intend to appeal so we can continue serving the city,” a spokesman stated.
Uber has made adjustments to its business mannequin in latest months, responding to requests from regulators, together with the introduction of 24/7 phone assist and the proactive reporting of significant incidents to police.
Whilst its licenses have been renewed in plenty of British cities together with Sheffield, Cambridge, Nottingham and Leicester, York council final yr stripped the agency of its means to function.
Reporting by Costas Pitas; enhancing by Stephen Addison