Uber soars to first place in UK App Store travel category following London ban

Uber soars to first place in UK App Store travel category following London ban

Uber has soared to first place within the UK App Store travel category since Transport for London decided to strip Uber of its licence to operate in London in September.

The data from Hitwise suggests that London passengers are still keen to use the firm’s services, despite TfL claiming the company was “not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence”.

However, Uber’s competitors have also benefitted from news of its licence removal, indicating some London passengers are looking for alternatives.

Hailo jumped 63 places, whilst Gett rose to 21 place.

“Uber’s fate will come down to the interests of government and big business. However, it’s crucial that these decision makers do not ignore wider public opinion,” said Nigel Wilson, managing director at Hitwise.

“It’s common knowledge that people like to go against the grain, and in the case of Uber, we’ve seen reaction to the initial announcement to be one of defiance.

“Not only have we signed petitions on mass to keep the company running in London, Hitwise data has seen Uber’s app increase its share of the market to rank number one in the App Store’s travel category.

“This data reflects Londoner’s dependency on the services that satisfy our need for on-demand, urban life.”

The new comes as Uber announced today that it has has officially filed an appeal to overturn the ruling that stripped it of its licence to operate in London.

The Uber app claims to have revolutionised transport options in major cities

The appeal was submitted to Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday in the first stage of a legal process which could take months or years to reach a conclusion.

“While we have today filed our appeal so that Londoners can continue using our app, we hope to continue having constructive discussions with Transport for London,” an Uber spokesman said.

“As our new CEO has said, we are determined to make things right.”

A hearing is likely to take place on Dec. 11, a spokesman at Britain’s Judicial Office said.

Uber’s 40,000 drivers in the British capital will be able to continue operating until the appeals process is exhausted.

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