Transport for London cancels Uber's license in the city

"We haven't been asked to make any changes", he added.

'We'd like to know what we can do, ' says company's London boss.

Uber is seeking talks with Transport for London in a bid to regain its licence to operate in the capital as the public backlash against the regulator's decision to withdraw it gains traction.

The regulator cited failures to report serious criminal offences, conduct sufficient background checks on drivers and other safety issues, threatening the USA firm's presence in one of the world's wealthiest cities.

The decision to axe Uber was taken after the ride sharing company was deemed "not fit or proper", and also over "safety concerns".

"To defend the source of livelihood for 40 thousand drivers and consumer choice of millions of Londoners, sign the petition demanding to cancel the decision to ban Uber in London", - stated in the text of the proclamation.

"By wanting to ban our app from the capital, Transport for London and the Mayor have given in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice".

A message appears on the Uber app on a mobile telephone in response to Transport For London's decision not to renew its license, in central London, Britain on September 22, 2017.

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A petition organized by Uber against London's decision not to renew its operating license has gathered 500,000 signatures, little more than 24 hours after the decision was announced, a website monitoring its progress showed on Saturday.

"I have every sympathy with Uber drivers and customers affected by this decision, but their anger really should be directed at Uber", Mayor Sadiq Khan said. So it's worth examining how we got here.

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

He said Uber needs to offer "decent pay and conditions for its staff", and "there is an issue about safety".

Mr McCluskey also said he had never taken an Uber and would continue to use black cabs. The company says it will challenge the decision in the courts.

First, the rift shows contradictions between cheaper ride-hailing service and traditional black-cab operations in London. They are saying that "TfL could have given the drivers a little bit more time because a lot of drivers are now out of work".

A former advisor to the Mayor said that, as more than 90% of the 40,000 drivers are from
ethnic minority backgrounds, TfL has a legal duty to prevent discrimination.

Fred Jones responded by saying Uber had revolutionised the taxi market in London and the rest of the United Kingdom, actually improving safety for passengers and drivers - not harming it.

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