York becomes third UK city not to renew Uber’s license


Uber has lost its license to operate in York after members of the city Council’s Gambling, Licensing and Regulatory Committee decided the firm was not fit and proper.

Uber’s current 12-month license to operate in the city is due to expire on 24th December.

A spokesperson for the Council told The Yorkshire Post: “The application by Uber Britannia Ltd to renew its private hire operator’s licence in York has been considered by City of York Council’s Gambling, Licensing and Regulatory Committee tonight.

“Applying the legislation, the committee has decided to refuse the application having concerns about a data breach currently under investigation and the number of complaints received.”

Neil McGonigle, general manager for Uber in York, said it was a disappointing vote for the riders and drivers who use the app in the city.

“More choice and competition is a good thing for both consumers and licensed drivers in the area.

“Passengers tell us they love being able to track their car on a live map, pay without cash and get a receipt with their fare and the route taken.

“Licensed drivers partner with us because with Uber they can choose if, when and where they drive. We will review the details of the decision once we receive the formal notice from the council.”

Today’s news comes after the ride-sharing app lost its operating license in Sheffield and Transport for London revoked its license in the capital city in September.

Uber’s appeal against TfL is now expected to be heard next Spring.