UK city of York refuses to renew Uber's licence

Economy Materials 13 December 2017 04:30 (UTC +04:00)

The English city of York refused to renew Uber’s [UBER.UL] licence to operate there on Tuesday, the city council said, the latest regulatory setback suffered by the ride-hailing app, Reuters reports.

The City of York Council’s Gambling, Licensing and Regulatory Committee rejected Uber’s application to renew its private hire operator’s licence, citing concerns about a data breach that is currently under investigation and the number of complaints it had received about the service.

Uber’s data breach was brought to light last month by its new chief Dara Khosrowshahi, who said that Uber had failed to disclose a massive breach last year that exposed the data of some 57 million of its users.

The licence renewal rejection in the northern English city was another blow to Uber’s UK operations after it was found unfit to run a taxi service in London in September and its Sheffield licence was suspended earlier this month.

“This is a disappointing vote for the riders and drivers who use our app in the city,” Uber’s general manager in York, Neil McGonigle, said in an e-mailed statement. Uber would review the details of the decision once it received formal notice from the council, he added.

Uber has 21 days to decide whether to appeal against the decision to a magistrates’ court. If it does so, it could continue operating in York until the appeal is heard.