Uber’s rival Ola banned by London transport authorities over safety concerns
When Ola rode into London in 2019, it did so when Uber’s license had just been revoked by the Transport for London (TfL) authorities. Cut to 2020, just as Ola was getting ready to celebrate its first anniversary in London, its license has been revoked, whereas Uber recently won a historic court case to get back its license.
According to a SkyNews report, TfL has banned Ola over ‘safety concerns,’ and the Indian ride-hailing app was told: “that it was not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator’s licence”.
The report also said that Ola’s failings included several breaches, resulting in unlicensed drivers and vehicles taking over 1,000 trips on the platform.
Ola now has 21 days to appeal against the decision of the authorities. “At Ola, our core principle is to work closely, collaboratively and transparently with regulators such as TfL. We have been working with TfL during the review period 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 and in doing so, our riders and drivers can rest assured that we will continue to operate as normal, providing safe and reliable mobility for London,” said Marc Rozendal, Managing Director, Ola UK.
This development comes as Ola was alsoreportedly facing issues in London after two drivers filed a lawsuit against the ride-hailing giant. They had filed a legal complaint against the ride-hailing giant for allegedly not adhering to GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) rules – Europe’s stringent data protection act.