Brighton and Hove Reject Uber
Brighton and Hove will not renew Uber's licence to operate private hire cars.
19:34 02 May 2018
Brighton and Hove council has rejected Uber’s application for license renewal, making it the third British city to do so.
On Monday, a licensing panel announced that Uber was not a fit and proper company to continue operating in Brighton. It said that there were several Uber drivers who were not licensed in Brighton but were operating in the city. There were also concerns over a data breach in which Uber customers’ personal details were leaked.
Uber license renewal application was already denied in London in September and York last December. The company said that it will appeal against the ruling.
The chair of the licensing panel, Jackie O’Quinn, said: “Our priority is the safety of residents and visitors and, due to the data breach and the lack of commitment to using drivers licensed here, we were not satisfied that Uber Britannia Ltd are a fit and proper person to hold an operator’s licence in the city.”
An Uber spokesperson said: “This is a disappointing decision for the thousands of passengers and drivers who rely on our app in Brighton and Hove. We intend to appeal so we can continue serving the city.”
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