Transport for London decided to strip Uber of its London licence, saying the company isn’t a “fit and proper” private car hire operator.
A lot of people are speaking out online in defence of Uber, including Sunny Singh, who explained on Twitter how the cab hailing company is a form of “life support” for women of colour.
She goes on to argue that TFL’s decision is mainly supported by “white left male voices” while people of colour, women and migrant’s voices are more mixed.
But Sadiq Khan wrote in an editorial for the Guardian that “all companies in London must play by the rules and adhere to the high standards we expect – above all when it comes to the safety of customers”.
It would be simply wrong for TfL to continue to license Uber if there was any way this could pose a threat to Londoners’ safety or security. TfL has said it believes Uber’s conduct demonstrates a lack of corporate responsibility around a number of issues that have potential public safety and security implications.
All private-hire operators in London need to play by the rules. The safety and security of customers must be paramount.