Popular transport services firm, Uber, has been denied a new operating licence in London following what authorities described as “safety concerns’.
The non-issuance was revealed today by London’s transport regulator, Transport for London (TfL).
TfL stated that one of the reasons for denying Uber the license was because it had noticed that unauthorised drivers could upload their photos to other Uber driver accounts due to a change in the company’s system.
This flaw enabled suspended and sacked drivers to still convey passengers using Uber accounts they created.
This, the regulator said, posed a huge risk to passenger’s safety and security.
While acknowledging the improvements Uber had effected in recent times, the Director of Licensing, Regulation and Charging at TfL, Helen Chapman, blasted the company for exposing passengers to unlicensed and uninsured drivers.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, while accepting that the decision to deny licence to Uber might not go down well with its users, affirmed that their safety remained a priority.
This is not the first time that the company would lose its licence in the city due to safety concerns.
In 2017, Uber lost its licence but was subsequently issued two extensions.
The last of those extensions expired on Sunday with Uber set to appeal in a view to continuing operations.