York is the Third UK City to Refuse Uber a New Licence

York is the Third UK City to Refuse Uber a New Licence

The suspension of Uber's licence in Sheffield has been lifted by the city council.

Uber has told Britain's data protection regulator that about 2.7 million user accounts - representing the vast majority of people using the ride-hailing service in the country - were affected by the 2016 data breach.

Speaking before Tuesday's council meeting, Saf Din, Chair of York Hackney Carriage Association, said the city was being overwhelmed by out-of-town drivers.

The decision was said to have followed productive discussions between Uber and Sheffield City Council.

Neil McGonigle, head of cities for the north of England for Uber, told councillors there were 28,000 people who regularly use the app in York, which has a population of more than 200,000 people.

The City of York Council's Gambling, Licensing and Regulatory Committee rejected Uber's application to renew its private hire operator's licence, citing concerns about a data breach that is now under investigation and the number of complaints it had received about the service.


Uber provided satisfactory replies to the questions asked by the council about the management of Uber, the local authority said.

Around 40,000 drivers use the app in London and serve 3.5 million customers.

"I believe that increased choice and competition is a good thing for both passengers and drivers in terms of increasing standards across the board".

"We must also have every driver from Bradford here at the moment", he added.

The company has 21 days to decide on whether to appeal against the committee's decision and can continue to operate in York until its licence expires or the appeal is heard. If it does so, it could continue operating in York until the appeal is heard.

It took the action last month after the company failed to respond to its requests.

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