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According to the Guardian, that process could take months.

Uber drivers like James Farrar, the chairman of the Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain's United Private Hire Drivers branch, wondered how they would pay their bills.

Uber, which boasts 40,000 drivers in London and claims that 3.5 million people use the service, plans to appeal against the decision by the Transport for London (TfL), which said the USA -based company's approach and conduct was "not fit and proper" to hold a private vehicle hire licence.

The company has already been forced to leave several countries, including Denmark and Hungary, and has faced regulatory battles in multiple USA states and countries around the world.

In London, the government transport regulator announced that Uber's license to operate a taxi service was up at the end of the month and would not be renewed.

TfL has concluded that Uber's conduct is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator license.

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, released a statement saying that he supports the decision made by Transport for London and said that Uber was not prioritising customer safety.

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A United Kingdom employment court ruled last October that Uber drivers were not self-employed, as the company argued, but should be paid the "national living wage" as if they were directly employed.

The battle to reverse the licence ruling overlaps Uber's efforts to appeal against a ruling regarding the employment status of its drivers, which will be heard at the employment appeals tribunal this week.

TfL and other local officials warned Saturday that Uber had plans to "flood" the British capital with cars licensed by surrounding communities to get around the ban. The transport body also queried Uber's use of Greyball software, which could be used to block regulators' access to the app. The company is reeling from the ouster of former chief executive officer Travis Kalanick and grappling with allegations of sexual harassment, labor-rights abuses, skirting regulation, bribery of government officials and a lawsuit accusing it of stealing self-driving auto technology. There's no secret as to what changes Uber is likely to make, at least. There are countless reports of Uber drivers stalking and even sexually assaulting their customers worldwide.

Unsurprisingly, black cab bosses, who a year ago blocked London's streets in protest at Uber, praised the decision not to renew the licence as the "right call". "The black cab is an iconic part of London".

However, The Times said, "the timing of the decision is undeniably suspect".

The choice, which Uber intends to advance, raises the likelihood that different urban communities could be encouraged to take action against the organization.

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