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Uber Has Sheffield Licence Suspended, Council Announces

Sheffield has stated that Uber will be allowed to continue operating in the city until December 18, and can continue to operate during an appeal process. The reason why Uber's license was suspended is because of a dispute surrounding the company failing to change the name on the license from that of the former United Kingdom boss Jo Bertram.

Uber's licence to operate in Sheffield will be suspended from 18th December after the company failed to provide information requested by Sheffield City Council about their management.

If it decides not to appeal, the suspension will come into force.

October 2016 saw the Central London Employment Tribunal rule in GMB's favour - determining that Uber drivers are not self-employed, but workers entitled to basic workers' rights including holiday pay, a guaranteed minimum wage and an entitlement to breaks.

Sheffield is the second British city to take action against Uber after the firm was stripped of its licence in London back in September.

It is understood that Uber was already applying for a new licence instead under the name Uber Britannia Limited and that is being considered.

"Any new application is dealt with by the Licensing department who will decide if those applying for the licence meet the criteria". This application was received on 18th October.

Sheffield city council has said that the law doesn't allow for a license to transfer to a different name.

Uber said it informed the council on 5 October about its need to change the name on its licence as the individual was due to leave the company.



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