After the Uber ban in London, could Sydney be next?

After the Uber ban in London, could Sydney be next?

Uber's new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi acknowledged on Monday that the ride-hailing company has made mistakes, responding to London's decision to pull its operating license.

It highlighted Uber's approach to reporting serious criminal offences, obtaining medical certificates and background checks on drivers, and its explanation of the use of "greyball" software that it said could be used to thwart regulators. London police investigated 32 Uber drivers for rape or sexual assault of a passenger between May 2015 and May 2016, according to Freedom of Information Act data obtained by the Sun.

Reacting to the petition reaching more than 500,000 signatures, Mr Khan said: "I know that Uber has become a popular service for many Londoners - but it would be wrong for TfL to licence Uber if there was any way this could pose a threat to Londoners' safety or security".

Transport for London's decision to cancel Uber's private hire licence has angered numerous 3.5 million Londoners who have come to rely on the cheaper alternatives to black cabs. The company will be allowed to continue operating throughout the appeals process. It seems to have worked to an extent, with one of the car-hire firm's execs admitting it was willing to negotiate, and with the newly appointed CEO Dara Khosrowshahi admitting that Uber will have to make changes in the future.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan says anger from customers and drivers over Uber losing its licence should be directed at the company.

This certainly isn't the first time that Uber has battled city transportation regulators. Uber said the ban would show that London is closed to innovative companies.

Uber's year has been roiled by one scandal after another; even after Khosrowshahi's hiring, new criminal investigations into previous conduct by the company have emerged.

It has also raised the question about what will happen to Uber's 40,000 drivers.

The company has also lodged an appeal, and as such, can operate for an unknown period beyond the deadline while the appeal is considered.

By 2200 GMT Saturday, more than 600,000 people had signed although it was not clear how many of them were in London.

A NCC spokeswoman added: "When issuing a private operator's licence, the council has to be satisfied that the applicant is fit and proper to hold the licence in line with legislation and the council's licensing policy".

What do you think of Khosrowshahi's apology, along with the directions change to Uber's executive communications strategy? It now operates ride services in more than 600 cities, covering as much as 95 percent of the United States population. "All companies in London must play by the rules and adhere to the high standards we expect - particularly when it comes to the safety of customers".