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Sheffield suspends Uber’s licence

Uber has had its licence to operate in Sheffield suspended following an “administrative error”.


Uber has had its licence to operate in Sheffield suspended

In a statement, the ride sharing firm said the suspension had come about after it had tried to change the name on its licence as the named individual was leaving the company, with the council having said they couldn’t change the name and it would have to apply for a new one.

An Uber spokesperson added: “We submitted an application for a new licence on 16 October which continues to be processed. While we are in regular contact with the council, we did not receive the correspondence the council refers to as they sent the letters to an incorrect address. We hope this administrative error can be quickly resolved so we can continue serving tens of thousands of riders and drivers in Sheffield.

“If the new application can’t be resolved by 18 December we will of course submit an appeal so we can continue to serve people in Sheffield.”

A Sheffield City Council spokesperson said the ride sharing giant is legally allowed to operate up to 18 December in Sheffield and if it goes ahead with an appeal, it can continue to operate until the appeal is heard. The spokesperson also said it was looking into a new licence application.

The ride sharing firm is continuing to appeal for its licence to be renewed in London after TfL concluded that Uber London Limited “is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence”.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.