A photo illustration a London taxi passing as the Uber app logo is displayed on a mobile telephone, as it is held up for a posed photograph in central London September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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London deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service Friday and stripped it of its license to operate from the end of next week in a major blow to the U.S. firm and 3.5 million users in one of the world's wealthiest cities.Uber, which has 40,000 drivers working in the capital, said it would contest the decision. Regulator Transport for London said it would let Uber operate until the appeals process is exhausted, which could take months.London's traditional black cab drivers have attacked Uber, saying it has undercut safety rules and threatened their livelihoods.Uber said Friday its drivers passed the same rigorous checks as black cab drivers, it has always followed TfL's rules on reporting serious incidents and it had a dedicated team that worked closely with London's police.London Mayor Sadiq Khan, a Labor politician who has criticized Uber in the past, said he backed the decision to reject its application for a new license.
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