With new technological advancements coming about in our society, there have been many innovations for making people’ lives easier and more efficient. Uber, founded in 2009, allowed people with vehicles to offer paid “taxi” services with their own cars at their own convenience. Although this may seem like a great idea, there has been a lot of controversy in places such as Athens and New York over whether it is taking away jobs from taxicab drivers.
This past September, Uber lost its licence to operate in the city of London. The Transportation for London Committee rejected Uber’s licence renewal, stating that the business was unfit and improper. With over 40,000 drivers and 3.5 million users in London alone, the committe’s reason for stopping Uber in London was for displaying a “‘lack in corporate responsibility’” for ensuring the safety of their customers. The committee is concerned with Uber’s responsibility in carrying out and maintaining driver background checks and reporting criminal offenses to keep London’s high standard and reputation for safe transportation. Uber did not wish to be brought down without a fight: Dara Khosrowshahi, the CEO of Uber, was not only angry about the loss of business, but was against the committee’s claims.
Was it the right move to revoke Uber’s transportation rights in London? With over 40 million users and hundreds of thousands of self-employed drivers worldwide, Uber creates a mode of transportation that allows people to go anywhere. It has also improved people’s productivity and its efficiency has justified the company’s existence on a global scale. Uber, one of the first ride-sharing businesses, took advantage of current technological advancements to boost their business. Noticing that the taxi industry was inefficient, Uber took charge of the situation. Before ridesharing companies came out, one had to practice the antiquated method of hailing a cab or dialing through the taxi booking hotline. Uber took advantage of the smartphone revolution to make the public transportation system accessible with just the touch of a finger. Although people have criticized the company for taking away jobs from the already existing taxi industry around the world, Uber has also increased employment around the United States by creating jobs.
Uber has revolutionized the taxi industry as a more efficient and productive mode of transportation. With its simple software user interface, people can finally get rides from drivers that find them, instead of the other way around. Clearly London doesn’t get it.