American cab operator Uber Technologies license to operate yet in another city in the UK has been suspended. Sheffield City council, England’s fourth largest city has confirmed that the ride-hailing app will not be able to operate from December 19.
A Sheffield City spokesman said, "Uber's licence was suspended last Friday (29 November) after the current licence holder failed to respond to requests, made by our licensing team, about the management of Uber."
“If it chooses to appeal this suspension it can continue to operate until the appeal is heard,” Sheffield city council officials said in a statement. However the council warned, “If it decides against an appeal the suspension will come into force.”
Uber admitted that it had failed to respond to Sheffield council due to an "administrative error", but clarified that it had submitted an application for a new licence on 16 October which is still being processed.
According to Sheffield council, licences cannot be transferred to a different names. The council stated that the taxi firm had failed to change the name on the licence, which continues to be in the name of Uber's former UK chief Jo Bertram. For those unfamiliar, Bertram quit Uber after the company was denied its licence to operate in London this year in September.
However, the American cab leader said it had not faced this issue with other local authorities and were surprised with Sheffield council's decision. "While we are in regular contact with the council, we did not receive the correspondence the council refers to as they sent the letters to an incorrect address," Uber’s spokesperson told Sky news.
In the meanwhile, Uber has confirmed it will appeal the decision if the new application issue cannot be resolved by the given deadline.