Uber’s new CEO has apologized for “mistakes” the company made that could cause the organization to lose its license in London. Transport for London (TFL) announced Friday that Uber’s License might not be renewed. “While Uber has revolutionized the way people move in cities around the world, it’s equally true that we’ve got things wrong along the way,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wrote. “On behalf of everyone at Uber globally, I apologize for the mistakes we’ve made.”
Uber’s permit lapses toward the end of the month. However, TFL said Uber has 21 days to file a petition, and the company will be allowed to work as usual until the plea is heard. The organization blamed Uber over its poor record of driver wrongdoings to the police.
Additionally, TFL questioned Uber’s employee background checks and said that Uber had not satisfactorily clarified whether it utilized programming called Greyball to deceive British controllers the way the organization had misdirected a few Americans. In a statement, TFL said: “TFL considers that Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications.”
Uber launched an online petition to let them continue as usual in the city, which has garnered 750,000 signatures in three days. “We will appeal the decision on behalf of millions of Londoners,” Khosrowshahi promised. “But we do so with the knowledge that we must also change. As Uber’s new CEO it’s my job to help Uber write its next chapter.”
London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan said, “I’m quite clear about my role as the chair of TFL. I want companies that abide by the rules, I want companies that innovate and are the harbors of new technology. I want disruptive technology coming to London. But you’ve got to play by the rules. And so, if you play by the rules, you’re welcome in London. If you don’t, don’t be surprised if TfL takes action against you.”
Khosrowshahi assumed control as CEO from founder Travis Kalanick a month ago, and he may need to do even more apologizing in the coming months. Uber has endured an extensive variety of embarrassments, including claims of a sexist working environment and stealing technology from match Waymo.