The taxi aggregator Uber is looking to increase its presence in London, as it looks to expand its footprint in the city.
The company’s chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, said the company has plans to open up new offices in London.
“We want to expand in London,” he told the Financial Times, adding that the company will be investing $3 billion to expand into the city in the coming years.
“It is about creating a more dynamic city,” Khosroffshahi said.
“London is a hub of innovation and a very interesting place to be.”
Uber is looking for London’s first full-time driver in a bid to compete with rivals.
The London Taxi Drivers Association is not happy about Uber’s plans to move its headquarters from the UK.
“Uber is one of the biggest taxi companies in the world,” a spokesperson for the LTFDA told Business Insider.
“They’ve come to London to expand and create jobs, and we don’t think they should be allowed to do that.”
They’re bringing jobs and profits to London.
And if they want to take over our industry, then they need to get out and start moving, not just within London.
“Uber said in a statement to the FT that it was “deeply disappointed” by the LTTDA’s claims.”
The spokesperson also said the LTCA did not plan to take a position on Uber’s expansion plans. “
The LTFDC will continue to fight for a fair and equitable trade and business environment in London.”
The spokesperson also said the LTCA did not plan to take a position on Uber’s expansion plans.
“Our focus is on ensuring that we can continue to operate our business and provide safe and reliable service to Londoners and their families,” the statement read.
“As the industry grows in London we will continue our efforts to ensure that the drivers of Uber continue to be protected and treated fairly.”
London Taxi Drivers’ Association director of public affairs, Mike O’Connor, said that the LTA is “shocked and outraged” at Uber’s decision to “take over” the LTSB.
“I think it’s absolutely ridiculous,” O’Connor told Business Insiders.
“There’s no reason why we can’t continue to exist.”
Uber has previously been under pressure from regulators, including the Department for Transport, who have urged the company to improve safety measures.
The UK’s transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, said in February that Uber was making progress and that “a number of things have been taken off the table” in order for it to be regulated properly.
“For example, Uber has said it will not be subject to any regulatory oversight in the UK, so there’s no need for any new regulation in the US or Europe,” McLoughlins statement read at the time.