Earlier this year, Indian transport service Ola launched its services in London and as per recent reports, it is now set to lose its license to operate in the city after failing to meet ‘public safety’ guidelines.
Back in February, Ola launched its driving services in London. It was almost four months after originally announcing plans to start operations in the city.
It should be noted that back at that time, Ola announced this just a day after TFL revoked Uber’s license to operate in London over safety concerns.
In a twist of irony, now, the news regarding Ola’s troubles with the London transport regulator comes barely days after its bitter rival got back its license to operate in the city once again following protracted legal proceedings.
The transport regulator for the city, TFL (Transport for London), in a statement over the weekend said that the organization will not renew Ola’s license because of serious public safety concerns.
TFL’s director of licensing, regulation, and charging Helen Chapman said “Through our investigations, we discovered that flaws in Ola’s operating model have led to the use of unlicensed drivers and vehicles in more than 1,000 passenger trips, which may have put passenger safety at risk.”
After saying this, she said that if the company chooses to appeal the decision then“Ola can continue to operate and drivers can continue to undertake bookings on behalf of Ola”.
According to a report, Ola has told TechCrunch, an online media website that it plans to appeal the verdict.
Ola UK Managing Director, Marc Rozendal, in a response to the announcement of TFL said, “We have been working with TFL during the review period and have sought to provide assurances and address the issues raised in an open and transparent manner. Ola will take the opportunity to appeal this decision and in doing so, our riders and drivers can rest assured that we will continue to operate as normal, providing safe and reliable mobility for London.”