London bans Ola over safety concerns

Transport for London (TfL), the transport authority of the capital, has banned Indian taxi app Ola citing public safety concerns. Notably, Ola had been operating in London since February.

TfL said that the firm reported several issues including more than 1,000 trips made by unlicensed drivers.

The cab company said it will appeal the decision and has a time of 21 days to do so. As per the appeal rules, It can operate in the meantime.

“Through our investigations, we discovered that flaws in Ola’s operating model have led to the use of unlicensed drivers and vehicles in more than 1,000 passenger trips, which may have put passenger safety at risk,” Helen Chapman, TfL’s director of licensing, regulation and charging, said.

“If they do appeal, Ola can continue to operate and drivers can continue to undertake bookings on behalf of Ola. We will closely scrutinise the company to ensure passengers safety is not compromised,” she added.

Ola’s UK Managing Director, Marc Rozendal, said in a statement, “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.”

Notably, last week, Uber got a green flag to continue operating in London after a judge upheld its appeal against TfL.

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