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Indian ride-hailing app Ola has been banned by London over security concerns. According to online reports, Transport for London (TfL) has denied Ola a new operator’s licence in the city. London had earlier banned Uber as well but coincidentally the US-based company won a court case last week only.
As per reports, TfL said that Ola allowed unlicensed drivers and vehicles to take more than 1,000 trips. It also said that Ola failed to flag the breaches. A report by CNBC quotes, Helen Chapman, TfL’s director of licensing, regulation and charging, in a statement, “Our duty as a regulator is to ensure passenger safety. 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.”
Ola has said that it will appeal against the decision, which could allow the app to continue operating. Marc Rozendal, Ola’s UK managing director, said in a statement: “At Ola, our core principle is to work closely, collaboratively and transparently with regulators such as TfL. 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.”
He further confirmed that Ola will appeal the 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.”
Apart from London, Ola has services in Birmingham, Cardiff, Liverpool and Reading in the UK.

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