It said it took the decision on the grounds of “public safety and security implications”.
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Confirming it would appeal against the decision, Uber said it showed the world “far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies”.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “I fully support TfL’s decision – it would be wrong if TfL continued to license Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoners’ safety and security.”
TfL’s concerns include Uber’s approach to carrying out background checks on drivers and reporting serious criminal offences.
Fred Jones, head of cities for Uber across the UK and Ireland, told the BBC Uber drivers had to pass the same safety checks as black cab and mini cab drivers in London.
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