York has refused to renew Uber’s license to operate —
the third UK city to do so.
The ride-hailing firm is under fire after a chain of
scandals, and the revelation it covered up a data breach
affecting 57 million users.
Uber just lost its license in a third UK city — the latest in a
long line of setbacks to befall the ride-hailing firm.
On Tuesday, the City of York Council’s Gambling, Licensing and
Regulatory Committee has rejected Uber’s application to renew its
private hire operator’s license, citing concerns about a massive
data breach that is currently under investigation, and the number
of complaints it had received about the service.
57 million customers’ data was exposed
The 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 license 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
license 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.
Uber’s British headaches are multiplying
Uber was previously granted an operator’s license by the City of
York Council on December 21, 2016 to run until midnight on
December 23, 2017.
The company’s license to operate in the northern English city of
Sheffield was suspended on December 1 after it failed to respond
to requests about the management of its taxi app.
Uber is appealing against September’s decision by regulator
Transport for London to strip it of its license in its most
important European market. A London court is expected to hear the
case next year.
Uber has told Britain’s data protection regulator that about 2.7
million user accounts — representing the vast majority of people
using the ride-hailing service in the country — were affected by
the 2016 data breach.