Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Uber banned in Sheffield for refusing to answer questions

Uber banned in Sheffield for refusing to answer questions

The company's operating licence has been suspended in Sheffield following what it calls "an administrative error".

Uber's United Kingdom troubles continue to mount.

On Monday, Uber begins its appeal against a separate suspension in London, where around 40,000 drivers use the app and serve 3.5 million customers. Bertram left Uber in October.

Uber has had its operating licence suspended in Sheffield after it failed to respond to requests regarding its management.

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Uber said it had informed the council in October that it would need to change the name on its licence as the named individual would be leaving the company. "While we are in regular contact with the council, we did not receive the correspondence the council refers to as they sent the letters to an incorrect address", an Uber spokesman said.

The city council said the firm can continue to operate until 18 December - and if it chooses to appeal against the decision can run until the appeal is heard. "We hope this administrative error can be quickly resolved so we can continue serving tens of thousands of riders and drivers in Sheffield", an Uber spokesperson said.

The company chose to appeal the ban and is still running as the appeal process is ongoing. The regulator said it was due to "a lack of corporate responsibility" in key areas including "greyball" and how it reports serious criminal offences.

In November this year, the Employment Appeal Tribunal upheld a ruling that Uber drivers should be classified as workers. Uber said if it can not resolve the issue by the December 18 deadline, it will appeal the decision to keep operating in the city. All told, there's plenty to keep Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi busy.

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