London’s transport regulator on Friday revoked Uber’s license to operate.
The move affects more than 40 000 drivers and 3.5 million Londoners who use the app.
The regulator cited Uber’s “lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications”.
Unions, lawmakers and traditional taxi drivers have criticised Uber over working conditions.
The company’s license expires on 30 September.
Uber has 21 days to appeal the decision.
John Maytham interviewed EWN's UK correspondent Gavin Grey.
Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for quotes from it).
Uber immediately appealed, and said they’ll fight this in the courts.— Gavin Grey, EWN
Critics say it causes gridlocked traffic.— Gavin Grey, EWN
It accuses Uber of not reporting criminal behaviour.— Gavin Grey, EWN
Uber said that London is closed to innovative companies.— Gavin Grey, EWN
Some people will be cheering… but this is a dark day for Uber.— Gavin Grey, EWN
The black cabs have been livid… they have to go through extensive training… they say there isn’t a level playing field…— Gavin Grey, EWN
The General Secretary of the Licenced Taxi Driver Association is calling Uber an immoral company.— Gavin Grey, EWN