Uber loses licence to operate in Sheffield

Friday, 08 Dec, 2017

The firm can continue to operate until December 18 and if it chooses to appeal the suspension, it can still run until that appeal is heard, Sheffield City Council said in a statement on Thursday.

Uber's licence to operate in Sheffield has been suspended after the company failed to answer questions about its management.

Uber (Private:UBER) lost its license in Sheffield, a city in northern England, after failing to respond to regulator requests concerning its taxi app. The reason why Uber's license was suspended is because of a dispute surrounding the company failing to change the name on the license from that of the former United Kingdom boss Jo Bertram.

Uber blamed the council's refusal to let them renew its licence under a new name, and for sending correspondence to a wrong address.

An Uber spokesperson told the Sheffield Star "We informed Sheffield Council on October 5 that we would need to change the name on our licence as the named individual would soon be leaving the company".

"It is legally allowed to operate up to 18th December, and if it chooses to appeal this suspension it can continue to operate until the appeal is heard".

If Uber decides not to appeal, its licence will be formally suspended.

The company are getting ready to challenge the suspension if the application they submitted can not be processed. A series of admin errors followed, as it seeks approval for its new licence application. "We hope this administrative error can be quickly resolved so we can continue serving tens of thousands of riders and drivers in Sheffield". If not processed Uber faces the risk of being out of operation over the Christmas period.