Natasha Darlington is a fourth year at the University of Warwick studying Law.
On September 22,, 2017, Uber, the most valuable startup in the world, lost its license to operate in London. This move stimulated much controversy and debate amongst trade unions and government ministers as well as customers and proponents of the company. In the shock ruling, Transport for London stated that it was revoking Uber’s license because it is “not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator license.”  They argued that the company does not meet the necessary public safety and security implications in the way that it approaches reporting serious criminal offences or in the way it handles medical certificates.
In 2017, Uber’s net revenue rose 17% to $1.75 billion, showing continued demand for the ride company. Nevertheless, after a series of recent scandals related to alleged sexism in the workplace on top of claims that Uber does not provide drivers basic workers’ rights, these setbacks will undoubtedly hurt the company and enhance competition with competitors Lyft Inc. and Didi Chuxing.