Uber BANNED by another major UK city of Sheffield
Uber BANNED by another major UK city
TAXI app Uber has been rocked after being banned by another major UK city.
By Nicholas Bieber / Published 7th December 2017
The northern England city of Sheffield has become the second place to ban Uber from operating in the area.
It can still reportedly operate in the city until December 18, but as of now will not continue beyond then.
The move threatens to cause chaos for shoppers in the run up to Christmas.
Sheffield City Council told said: “Uber’s licence was suspended last Friday (29 November) after the current licence holder failed to respond to requests, made by our licensing team, about the management of Uber.
"If it decides against an appeal the suspension will come into force," the council said.
The shock move comes weeks after Uber was banned from serving London.
Transport for London said Uber would not be was “not fit and proper” to run.
But the firm is still operating in the capital after it appealed the ruling.
Uber says it submitted an application for a new licence in Sheffiled on October 16 which continues to be processed by local officials.
"We hope this administrative error can be quickly resolved so we can continue serving tens of thousands of riders and drivers in Sheffield."
Uber launched in the capital in 2012 and has since attracted millions of customers and employed thousands of drivers – but faced a backlash from the taxi trade.
Outside the UK, Uber has been suspended in Bulgaria for "unfair trade practices", forced to pull out of Denmark and looks likely to be banned in Italy.
It has also been forced to leave parts of north America.
Uber has been embroiled in a catalogue of controversies in recent years.
They involve questions about the safety of passengers, strange routes taken by drivers and the over-charging of customers.
In February, it was reported that a man hoping to nip home to Croydon from Brixton ended up travelling via Bristol and was charged £440 by the app.
The firm especially came under fire during the London Bridge terror attack, and was accused of profiting from the incident.
The firm, which allows riders to hail cabs with their smartphones, allegedly upped journey costs with surge prices around the affected area.
But Uber responded insisting that fare surges were stopped as soon as it realised what happened.
The news comes weeks after Uber was reportedly eyeing the world’s first fleet of flying taxis, at a time when super-speed transport – such as a new Concorde – is featuring heavily in the news.