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Could you live without Uber? Call for taxi firm's licence to be revoked

London mayor Sadiq Khan today came under fresh pressure to strip minicab giant Uber of its licence to operate.

MPs on the All Party Parliamentary Group on Taxis claimed the American-owned firm was not a 'fit and proper operator.' It follows a series of alleged sex attacks by Uber drivers.

The MPs claimed police figures show an allegation of rape or sexual assault against Uber drivers is made every 11 days. The MPs accused Uber of failing to report crimes to the police.

Transport for London, chaired by Mr Khan, will rule on Uber's future before the end of September. Earlier this year the firm was given a temporary extension to its licence.

The MPs wrote to TfL Commissioner Mike Brown urging him to follow the example of other cities and revoke the licence.

The safety of Londoners must be at the forefront of decisions taken about the taxi and private hire industry in our capital city. We do not believe that Uber has shown itself to be a fit and proper operator.'

– WES STREETING MP, LABOUR, ILFORD NORTH

Sadiq Khan said the MP's concerns would be considered before a final decision on Uber's licence application.

If it's the case that any taxi operator has a report made to them by a passenger, it's incumbent on that operator to report it to the police. It's a source of concern to me that it is the case, according to the police, that in the past they've not been reported to the police. They must be.

– SADIQ KHAN, MAYOR OF LONDON

3.5 million Londoners use Uber to get a reliable ride in the capital. More than 40,000 drivers rely on our app to make a living, with average fares last year of £15 an hour after our service fee.

Drivers who use Uber are licensed by Transport for London and have been through the same enhanced background checks as black cab drivers.

Our technology goes further to enhance safety with every trip tracked and recorded by GPS and we employ former Met Police officers who work closely with the police.

We want to continue contributing to our city, including with the Clean Air Plan and diesel scrappage scheme we announced last week

– Uber