More than 600,000 people had signed a petition asking renewal of Uber’s licence in London

More than 600,000 people had by Sunday signed a petition asking London transport authorities to reverse their decision not to renew Uber’s license when it expires.

Friday’s decision to ban the ride-sharing service was “affecting the real lives of a huge number of honest and hard-working drivers” and would “show the world that London is far from being open and is closed to innovative companies,” the petition said.

Transport for London said the conduct of Uber, which has around 40,000 drivers and 3.5 million customers in the British capital, had raised safety concerns.

“TfL has concluded that Uber London Limited is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator license,” it said in a statement.

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