Uber may be banned in London. Could the same thing happen in the U.S.?

In this case, the city of London had the authority to yank the license when it saw safety issues that it felt needed to be dealt with.

The same is not true of many places in the U.S. Cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles, two of the biggest in the country, are unable to regulate how rideshare services operate within their own borders — that is up to the discretion of the state of California.