London’s public transport authority stripped ride-hailing firm Ola of its London working licence, saying that the taxi app was not “fit and proper” to carry one, having put passenger security in danger.
Bengaluru-based Ola entered the London taxi market in February this 12 months. The market is dominated by rivals together with Uber, Freenow and Bolt, and conventional black cab drivers who beforehand blocked streets in protest at what they see as a menace to their livelihoods.
Transport for London (TfL) mentioned in a press release that it refused to grant Ola, a Softbank-backed operator, a brand new London non-public rent car (PHV) operator’s licence because it “cannot find it fit and proper to hold one after discovering a number of failures that could have risked public safety.”
TfL’s determination got here days after Uber gained a authorized bid to revive its London working licence, which was taken away over security issues, after a decide dominated that the corporate was a match and correct operator regardless of “historical failings”.
TfL mentioned it had found a variety of failures in Ola’s operations, together with breaches of its licensing regime, which led to unlicensed drivers and automobiles endeavor greater than 1,000 passenger journeys on the platform’s behalf.
Ola was additionally accused of failing to inform Tfl of the breaches once they have been first recognized.
“Ola can continue to operate pending the outcome of any appeal process”, TfL mentioned, including that Ola had 21 days to attraction in opposition to TfL’s determination.
In an emailed assertion, Ola mentioned it was working with TfL in the course of the assessment interval and “have sought to provide assurances and address the issues raised in an open and transparent manner”.
“Ola will take the opportunity to appeal this decision”, the corporate mentioned, including it will proceed to function as regular.