London bans Uber rival, Ola over Safety Concerns

The transport authority in London, Transport for London (TfL) has banned Indian taxi company, Ola over concerns of public safety.

The transport authority indicated that Ola had failed to report a number of failings including more than a thousand trips made by unlicensed drivers despite knowing about them.

TfL’s Director of Licensing, Regulation and Charging, Helen Chapman said “Through our investigations we discovered that flaws in Ola’s operating model have led to the use of unlicensed drivers and vehicles in more than 1,000 passenger trips, which may have put passenger safety at risk”.

The Indian taxi company has said it will appeal the decision and has about 21 days to do that, however, it can continue operation in the meantime.

This is coming after major rival, Uber secured its right to continue operation in London following a judge’s decision to uphold its appeal against TfL. The ride-hailing giant were granted a new license to work in the capital nearly a year after TfL rejected its application over safety concerns due to unlicensed drivers.

Ola has been operating in London since February.

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