Here are 5 ways students will be affected by the Uber licensing drama
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Since its 2012 launch, Uber changed the London scene and the black cab monopoly game by undercutting prices. It is no surprise then that students are amongst the ones that will be affected by TFL's decision to scrap Uber's London licence. Here is what we came up with: Will it be safer or more dangerous for students after a night out? Mayor Sadiq Khan supported TfL’s decision not to renew Uber's licence over public safety concerns. Uber faces allegations of sexual assaults on passengers by its drivers. In August, Inspector Neil Billany criticised the company in an open letter 'over concerns with Uber not reporting serious crimes to police.'
The loss of the licence in London is likely to result in more students walking home after spending their money on a night out, leaving them vulnerable targets to the kind of abuse that were going unreported by Uber. So where does one draw the line? The ban will add to the cost of living in what is already the UK’s most expensive city Speaking to TNS about Uber, University of London student Ben Hadfield said: “I use Uber all the time, because they’re so much cheaper than black cabs in London. I’d rather walk or cycle than pay a ridiculous fee for a London taxi."
as someone who knows not one but several women who were sexually assaulted in Ubers then ignored by the company I'll be celebrating, thx bye— Marie Le Conte (@youngvulgarian) 22 September 2017
However, Uber have argued that the decision is an insult to consumer freedom.
It would appear most of the Leftist defence of #Uber is that they're cheap. I guess minimum wage is not applicable to mini cab drivers then.— Lee Hurst (@2010LeeHurst) 22 September 2017
They have drafted in law firm Hogan Lovells to help with their appeal. The company claim that "Transport for London and their chairman the Mayor have given in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice."
But for goodness sake don't infantilise me by preventing my right to consumer choice.— Tom Harwood (@tomhfh) September 22, 2017
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WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR UBER EATS, WE ONLY JUST GOT MCDONALDS DELIVERY— Emma Kelly (@TooManyEmmas) September 22, 2017
Are they taking away uber eats? That is a bigger concern for me tbh— molly (@mollystf) September 22, 2017
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Please tell me Uber Eats is safe?! #Uber #Uberban— Lou Hope (@loulouhope) September 23, 2017
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