The India-based ride-hailing app Ola announced its foray in London earlier in February this year. During the time, the cab aggregator also predicted that it will overtake Uber in just a year after launch. Now, it seems that its plans could get delayed as the Transport for London (TfL) has rejected the company’s licence renewal appeal. The news was first reported by Sky News
Ola failed TfL’s public safety requirements
In an official release, TfL states the reason for dismissing Ola’s appeal to renew its operating licence. As per the authority, the ride-hailing app had a “number of failures that had potential public safety consequences.” These failures include breaches in the company’s licensing regime, which apparently enabled unlicenced drivers and vehicles to take over 1,000 passenger trips on behalf of Ola Additionally, Ola failed to report these breaches to TfL when they were first identified.