Spitting in Uber’s Soup

by Pater Tenebrarum
Acting Man

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It seems Uber just can’t catch a break these days. First its license to operate in London was revoked. At issue was apparently that 43 unlicensed drivers were able to take an estimated 14,000 “unauthorized trips” due to a flaw in the Uber app (note that 45,000 licensed Uber drivers are working in London).

[…] How did the regulatory agency Transport for London (TfL) even learn about this? Uber itself informed the regulator about the mishap. It also told TfL that it has immediately fixed the problem to prevent a recurrence (this is to say, it fixed the software glitch and audited all existing drivers to ascertain their ID). TfL decided that Uber’s license should be revoked anyway, on the grounds that it had “identified a pattern of failures by the company, including several breaches that placed passengers and their safety at risk.”

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