Ban on Uber is Brexit mistake

No plans to pull Uber licence in Newport says city council

In an open letter published on Twitter, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi apologised on behalf of the company "for the mistakes we've made".

He referred to a case where an Uber driver was allowed to continue working despite an allegation of sexual assault, leading to another more serious attack on a woman in his auto. In publishing its decision on Friday, TfL explained, inter alia, that "Uber's approach and conduct demonstrated a lack of accountability. with potential consequences for safety and security of public".

In a message to staff, Uber's chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said: "It's worth examining how we got here". "On behalf of everyone at Uber globally, I apologize for the mistakes we've made".

Councils have this week declared that outdated taxi laws need to be urgently reformed following Transport for London's (TfL's) decision to revoke taxi giant Uber's trading license in the capital.

One of the reasons for TfL's decision was apparently due to Uber's lax approach to background checks, and recently ordered 13,000 minicab drivers (not just those working for Uber) to undergo additional checks after previous checks from a third party company were ruled invalid.

Transport for London (TfL) announced last Friday that Uber would not be issued with a private hire operator's licence once its current licence is up on 30 September.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who openly supported last week's ruling, believes the apology is an ideal first step.

The apology is as vague as the accusations and gets them a meeting with Khan who has refused to meet since becoming mayor.

Yet, Uber and Lyft can more often than not face opposition and controversial actions from skeptical city officials regarding the background checks of their drivers. Uber has also angered many of its drivers; a February video showed former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick lecturing a driver about "responsibility" after the driver complained about declining fares.

A NCC spokeswoman added: "When issuing a private operator's licence, the council has to be satisfied that the applicant is fit and proper to hold the licence in line with legislation and the council's licensing policy".

On Friday, London Transport Authority (TfL) chose to withdraw giant's license from private chauffeur-driven cars in British capital.

It has 21 days to appeal and can continue to operate while any appeals are ongoing.

"As Uber's new CEO, it is my job to help Uber write its next chapter", Khosrowshahi continued. It now operates ride services in more than 600 cities, covering as much as 95 percent of the USA population. A spokesman for TfL later said that the local government body responsible for the transport system in Greater London "are always available and happy to meet at any time".