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Topic # 223304 22-Sep-2017 23:01
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Transport for London have today declined to renew Uber's operating licence.

 

WEF 30 September, Uber can no longer operate in London. They can (and say they will) appeal the decision and can operate normally whilst that appeal is heard.

 

EOM.






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  Reply # 1871272 22-Sep-2017 23:16
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I think they had it coming to some degree.




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  Reply # 1871276 22-Sep-2017 23:31
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Maybe. I think the entire taxi system worldwide is somewhat over-regulated and full of nonsenses.

 

For example, if I were to apply for a P licence here in NZ, I have to prove I have no criminal record in any other country I have lived in.

 

Something I had to do for Permanent Residence. And Citizenship. And Top Secret security clearance.

 

So the NZ government already has that information 3 times, including an in-depth vetting by the security services. They know from my travel records that I have only lived here for over 12 years.

 

Still have to provide it. Again. However this time it has to go direct to the government department in NZ that issues P endorsements. Despite the fact that UK Police operate under information privacy guidelines that prevent them from releasing the information to anyone but me and certain UK institutions....

 

 

 

That kind of bureaucratic idiocy is entirely unnecessary in 2017 IMV.






 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1871277 22-Sep-2017 23:40
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I don't disagree. The UK and NZ are brilliant at red tape.

 

 

 

It doesn't explain the use of Greyball, getting online medical certs, and not reporting criminal offences that happen.

 

 

 

 I see a lot of people here in London complaining about prices of going back to Black Cabs. If Uber is that much cheaper, but has to resort to "not fit and proper" business tactics. Is it a sustainable business?


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  Reply # 1872113 24-Sep-2017 17:39
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lxsw20:

 

I don't disagree. The UK and NZ are brilliant at red tape.

 

 

Yep. I couldn't care less about having bits of their flag on ours but I do wish we'd ditch some of their pointless bureaucracy.





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  Reply # 1872116 24-Sep-2017 17:47
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Uber have appealed so nothing will happen in the short term.

 

I actually don't think London could cope at all well in the immediate short term if this went ahead. The Mini cab market which was massive has now pretty much been wiped out by Uber. This is going to leave people the option of a Black Cab or the other private hire operatrs who simply won't be able to cope.

 

 


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  Reply # 1872126 24-Sep-2017 18:26
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Unlike NZ, their license continues while they appeal. They will tie this up in the courts for years, the decision is meaningless




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  Reply # 1872140 24-Sep-2017 19:11
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lxsw20:

 

I don't disagree. The UK and NZ are brilliant at red tape.

 

 

Yep. I couldn't care less about having bits of their flag on ours but I do wish we'd ditch some of their pointless bureaucracy.

 

 

 

 

NZ has become worse from my experience with red tape.


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