UPDATE: Sheffield Council has now removed the suspension.
Uber has lost its license in Sheffield after failing to respond to official requests about its management.
Uber says that the blame for this lies with an ‘administrative error’ by the council. Sheffield council however is not backing down and says the taxi company can still operate in Sheffield until 18 December and can appeal against the decision.
It’s yet another blow for Uber after losing its licence in London in September this year. Uber is still appealing that ban – it was meant to come into effect on 30th September, according to a ruling from Transport for London, and technically it has, but Uber can still operate until Uber it has exhausted the whole appeals process. Some say that process might not finish for 12 months, which gives Uber plenty of time to sort themselves out. They’ve certainly been putting a lot into PR and legal challenges, so it might never actually go out of service.
Over 800 000 people signed the Change.org petition to keep the service going.