Uber Banned in London? What Does This Mean for Ride Hailing?

As of the end of November 2019, Uber has had it’s London licence revoked by Transport for London (TfL). Although this doesn’t yet mean Uber has been banned in London (yet), it does mean the company has a lot of work to do if they want to maintain their position in one of the biggest markets for ride hailing.


Londoners have become used to using the Uber app, with over 3.5 million regular users in the capital. And when you consider that the cost of an Uber can be around a third less than a black cab, the success of Uber in London makes sense. So this latest ruling could be devastating for Uber, and also regular users of the service.

But there are other options, including alternatives to Uber in London, which we will look at in this article.

Is Uber banned in London?

At the time of writing in 2019, Uber have appealed against Transport for London’s ruling against them. The current licence has been extended from September 2019, and despite several changes to the way they operate, TfL has ruled that there have been some serious failures.

It could be that this third violation of the licence is the straw that breaks the camel’s back for TfL. So we could be seeing Uber disappearing from the streets of London, at least for the time being while they sort themselves out and reapply.

But unlike previous occasions when faced with an Uber ban in London, this time there is less to worry about for fans of ride hailing and Uber drivers alike.

The rise of ride hailing alternatives

2019 has seen the introduction of several alternatives to Uber, who will all be eyeing this ongoing case with interest. In the past, when Uber has faced being banned in London, it has marked a worrying moment for users of ride hailing apps. But, this time, it isn’t quite so critical.

This year alone, we’ve new ride hailing services in London that include:

  • Bolt
  • Kapten
  • Xooox
  • Wheely
  • ViaVan
  • MiWhip

There are also long standing London based alternatives Kabbee and Addison Lee, who have both been on the scene for a while. Kabbee has marketing itself more aggressively in 2019, with ads on buses and Addison Lee has been a reliable Uber alternative for a while.

So although it spells a bit of a disaster for Uber in London, for consumers this could be a great time to try out some of the alternative ride hailing services.

Could Uber come back?

Despite all the issues, Uber could yet have their licence extended again. Mid-December 2019 is the date to watch for, as this is the date that Uber needs to lodge their appeal with the courts. The appeal should then go to the courts in 2020, but in all honesty, the whole process could take time. Until then, Uber is still available in London to riders and drivers.

But, even if Uber is banned in London, it’s just a matter of time before they get their application in place and start again.

However with plenty of other ride hailing startups and services waiting to dance on Uber’s grave, it could be that consumers find their new favourite.

Here at Private Hire, we aim to help you find the best new ride hailing service. And, if you’re looking to check out a new ride hailing alternative, we’ve got the promo codes for you to try before you commit to your favourite.

If you want to find a promo code for Bolt, Kapten, Zareou, Kabbee or any of the other London taxi app alternatives, click on the links.

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