Sheffield suspends Uber

Uber’s licence to operate in Sheffield has been suspended. The company failed to respond to official requests about its management and as a result will be banned from operating in the city from 18 December.

The city council says the company can appeal the ban.

Uber, which is in the process of appealing its ban in London, said it failed to respond because of an ‘administrative error.’

A Sheffield City spokesperson told the BBC, ‘Uber’s licence was suspended last Friday (29 November) after the current licence holder failed to respond to requests, made by our licensing team, about the management of Uber. We received a new application, for a licence to operate taxis in Sheffield, from Uber Britannia Limited, on 18 October 2017 which we are currently processing.’

An Uber spokesperson said, ‘We informed Sheffield City Council on 5 October that we would need to change the name on our licence as the named individual would soon be leaving the company. The council told us they couldn’t change the name on the licence, as most other councils have done, and that we would instead have to apply for a new one.’

The spokesperson added, ‘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.’