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Taxi company Uber goes in search of a new United Kingdom chairman

30 September 2017

It is a good sign Uber needs new drivers, unless they are replacing others who want to leave.

The Prime Minister said the decision by Transport for London, and backed by mayor Sadiq Khan, was "disproportionate" - and would lead to thousands of job losses. First is Uber's way of reporting serious crimes.

Drivers for the firm, which allows users of its smartphone app to hail a ride anywhere, anytime at budget rates, could be out of a job when the company's current licence expires on September 30. Uber had 21 days to appeal and its service will continue until the appeal process has been exhausted. "On behalf of everyone at Uber globally, I apologise for the mistakes we've made", wrote Khosrowshahi.

Uber spokesperson Fred Jones told Sky News: "This case involves just two drivers, both of whom don't drive on the app anymore in London". On Tuesday, Uber said it will pull out of Quebec on October 14 if the government sticks to new rules that would increase training hours and subject drivers to background checks by police. The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission meanwhile proposed a rule that wheelchair-accessible vehicles eventually account for 25 per cent of all trips dispatched by for-hire vehicles, including Uber and Lyft. "We believe that Uber's policies do not do enough to protect female drivers", said Nigel Mackay from the law firm Leigh Day, which is representing the driver.

Three years ago London was brought to a standstill by protesting taxi drivers.

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He also tweeted urging the regulator to "please work with us to make things right" - apparently signaling a change in tone for a company which, under founder Travis Kalanick, gained a reputation for being aggressive and abrasive in its approach to regulators and regulation.

The appeal comes at a time when the firm is under pressure, battling TFL over its decision to strip it of its right to operate in London on the grounds it is "not fit and proper". Especially when you consider that the company's head-start in launching a self-driving auto service is enabled by data about road and driving conditions collected from their drivers.

Fred Jones, Uber's United Kingdom head of cities, accused the Mayor and TfL of caving into pressure from the black taxi lobby that "wants to protect the status quo and reduce consumer choice and competition from London".

"Uber requires someone who is a bit more establishment and who understands how to keep the market happy and understands public sentiment", the source added.

Taxi company Uber goes in search of a new United Kingdom chairman