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Uber kicked out of London - what are your alternatives?

Nic McBride

Nic McBride
Sep 22, 2017

Uber - one of the world’s biggest personal transport companies – has been kicked out of London. 

In a shock move, Transport for London announced on Friday that the ride-hailing app's private hire licence would not be renewed after September 30. 

That prompted an uproar from Londoners unhappy about the announcement, with an online petition defending the company quickly amassing more than 100,000 signatures. 

TfL declined a new licence on the grounds of "public safety and security implications". 

Read further down to see what your alternatives are if Uber has to say Goodbye to London. 


Uber hits back at TfL 

Uber took a swipe at TfL stating that it showed the world "far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies". 

About 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers use the app in London. 

Uber's general manager in London Tom Elvidge said the company would fight the decision. 

"To defend the livelihoods of all those drivers, and the consumer choice of millions of Londoners who use our app, we intend to immediately challenge this in the courts,Elvidge said. 

He said Uber operated in more than 600 cities around the world, including more than 40 towns and cities in the UK. 



The London petition, launched by Uber itself and circulated online, stated that TfL's decision would put more than 40,000 licenced drivers out of work. 

"Safety is of the highest importance and drivers who use Uber are licensed by Transport for London and have been through the same enhanced background checks as black cab drivers.  

"Our pioneering technology has gone further to enhance safety with every trip tracked and recorded by GPS." 


Troubles for Uber 

However, London would not be the first city to turn off Uber. 

The Independent reports that Uber has encountered difficulties in Bulgaria, Italy, Hungary and Denmark. 

We have also written about customer's troubles with the app. 



Uber's competitors are probably rubbing their hands together at the prospect of being able to pick up the extra business. 

Gett – Similar to Uber's interface but for black cabs. Synced with popular map app Citymapper.

MyTaxi - Another black cab app that allows payment through the app.

Addison Lee - Described as a premier private hire and courier service. Uses fixed pricing regardless of time.

Kabbee - A price comparison app that allows you to book from a range of London minicab services. Also uses fixed pricing.


Check out our review of Uber here.