Uber’s operating licence has been revoked in London.
TfL made the announcement, which could have huge repercussions for users and drivers across the capital, this morning.
It said that the controversial taxi-hailing app company was “not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence”.
Uber’s current licence ends on 30 September. The company has confirmed it will appeal the decision, and continue to operate in London while the process is ongoing.
However, if the decision is upheld, you’ll no longer be able to use Uber in London.
Fortunately, there are several alternatives to the app, for the times you don’t fancy walking, cycling or catching the train, Tube or a bus.
Gett works in much the same way as Uber, but without the surge pricing, and is available on both iOS and Android. As well as London, you can also use it in Birmingham, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.
MyTaxi, better known as Hailo to many, has already responded to the news by offering 50 per cent off fares. You can also save £10 on your first trip with the code ‘myfirstmytaxi’. It’s available on both iOS and Android.
Addison Lee has been around for years, and made huge changes to its service in order to keep up with Uber. Unfortunately, it’s widely regarded as a rather expensive alternative. It’s also available on both iOS and Android, though you can make bookings on the web too.
Kabbee also offers fixed prices, and claims its minicabs are 65 per cent cheaper than traditional black cabs. It’s available on both iOS and Android.
Taxify launched in London earlier this month, but had to suspend operations within days. It will be thrilled with the timing of TfL’s announcement, but has a battle of its own in its hands if it’s to start operating in the capital again. As well as paying for rides through the app, you can also use cash or a credit or debit card. It’s available on both iOS and Android.