Weekly News Comment #5

A recent Vice article highlighted the upcoming expiration on Uber’s transport license in London.

Transport for London (TfL), the organization responsible for managing the licensing of all taxi corporations in the city of London, has found Uber unfit to have their license renewed, citing a “lack of corporate responsibility” that might lead to potential safety and security concerns for passengers.

The article also goes into some detail on Greyball, a tool developed by Uber to identify and deny rides to potential law enforcers in an attempt to avoid official scrutiny.

Though this does not impact Americans directly, and Uber has announced that it intends to appeal this decision, this is an important development for people to be aware of. Uber is a large company that has a presence in most major cities in America, and anyone who uses their services should be aware of potential threats to their personal security or questionable practices by the corporation itself.

The Vice article is short but very clear in its message. It outlines the criticisms that Uber faces and the practical concerns for readers in London who might be affected by this issue.

1 Comment so far

  1.   fuglsang on September 25th, 2017

    NPR’s story on this subject made it sound tlike an attempt to protect London’s taxis, which are quite expensive. They didn’t want the competition. A matter of framing?