Sadiq Khan has received an apology from the Uber CEO following the announcement on Friday that the company’s licence will not be renewed.
In a written statement, Dara Khosrowshahi wrote: “We want to thank everyone who uses Uber for your support over the last few days. It’s been amazing to hear your stories of Uber improving lives across this city – from drivers who use our app to earn a living, to riders who rely on us to get home safely after a night out.’
“While Uber has revolutionised the way people move in cities around the world, it’s equally true that we’ve got things wrong along the way. On behalf of everyone at Uber globally, I apologise for the mistakes we’ve made.”
“We will appeal this decision on behalf of millions of Londoners, but we do so with the knowledge that we must also change. As Uber’s new CEO, it is my job to help Uber write its next chapter. We won’t be perfect, but we will listen to you; we will look to be long-term partners with the cities we serve; and we will run our business with humility, integrity and passion.”
“You have my commitment that we will work with London to make things right and keep this great global city moving safely.”
In reply to the apology, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan commented; “I welcome the apology from Dara Khosrowshahi, the Uber CEO. Obviously. I am pleased that he has acknowledged the issues that Uber faces in London.
He added; “Even though there is a legal process in place, I have asked TfL to make themselves available to meet with him.”
On Friday 22nd September, Transport for London revealed it will not renew Uber’s license to operate in London by saying “Uber is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence.”