As if navigating London's stand-still traffic was not hard enough, the TfL (Transport for London) have announced that ride-sharing app Uber has lost its license to operate in London. The TfL cited "public safety and security implications," as ground for the licence dismissal. According to the BBC, one of the biggest concerns influencing the ban is Uber's approach to carrying out background checks on their drivers.

Uber's will continue to run until September 30, however Uber are currently appealing the decision. In London, 3.5 million people use the ride-sharing app, and if the appeal is unsuccessful it will put more than 40,000 licensed drivers out of work. A petition against the ban has already been signed by over 700,000 people.

So what does this ban mean for Uber in Australia? Well directly, nothing, however the media attention has seen the Australian Taxi Industry Association call for a review on Uber, stating that they "applaud the decision by Transport for London to enforce its laws," and that "State governments here should be looking at their licensing, just as Transport for London did."

It will be interesting to see how the London vs Uber debate pans out. In the meantime, thank god for the Tube!

It just became that much more difficult to catch a ride in London