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On Monday, newly installed Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi published a letter in the London newspaper Evening Standard apologizing for the ride-sharing giant's many mistakes.

Last Friday, TfL shocked many by announcing that it would not renew Uber's licence to operate in the United Kingdom capital, citing the firm's approach to reporting serious criminal offences and background checks on drivers. The agency faulted Uber for its poor record of reporting serious crimes involving Uber drivers to the police.

Uber CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi has issued an apology to Londoners following the decision by TfL to not renew its license in the city.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said in a statement: "I want London to be at the forefront of innovation and new technology and to be a natural home for exciting new companies that help Londoners by providing a better and more affordable service". Tom Elvidge, Uber's London general manager, pointed out that over 3.5 million citizens of London use the app regularly, and 40,000 licensed drivers therein are making a living as Uber drivers, now to be shut down unless something changes.

In the letter, he mentions that Uber has revolutionized the way people move around the world but that they have made some mistakes.

Transportation officials said last week they would not renew Uber's license to operate in London beyond September 30, over safety concerns with multiple facets of the company's operation.

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Meanwhile, a petition demanding that Mr Khan reverse the licensing decision reached 750,0000 signatures.

Uber said it would challenge TfL's the decision in court.

"Friendly" (76 per cent) and "helpful" (61 per cent) were also terms used to describe Uber drivers.

"I have every sympathy with Uber drivers and customers affected by this decision but their anger really should be directed at Uber", Khan said in a response posted on the website on Saturday.

Around one in four (23 per cent) said the drivers were "more pleasant" while 26 per cent felt safer in an Uber vehicle.

Across the United Kingdom, millions of people use Uber's app to get from A to B and thousands of licensed drivers rely on Uber to make a living.

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Uber may not be allowed to operate in London in the future after its license renewal request was denied on Friday.

The initial background checks were carried out by a third party but TfL deemed them inadequate following a review.

As it stands, Uber's licence ends on September 30 but they have said they will definitely be appealing the decision.

That means in a little over a week, Uber won't be permitted to operate within Greater London.

TfL questioned also the process through which drivers obtain their medical certificates and the practice of "greyballing", when the company uses a fake version of its app to fool regulators in cities where it is banned.

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