Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Uber begins appeals process to claw back taxi licence in London

Uber lodges appeal over London ban Uber begins appeal against licence rejection
Jo Caldwell | 14 October, 2017, 00:25

Transport for London [TfL] shocked the Silicon Valley firm last month by deeming it unfit to run a taxi service and refusing to renew its licence, citing its approach to reporting serious criminal offences and background checks on drivers.

A hearing is likely to take place on December 11, a spokesman at Britain's Judicial Office told Reuters.

Ride-share company Uber on Friday formally filed an appeal to keep operating in London, where its license has been rescinded for weeks. She declined to say when Uber would file those. Uber can still operate while the appeal is ongoing.

Mayor Sadiq Khan support TfL's decision and said: "All companies in London must play by the rules, if you do play by the rules, you're welcome in London. As our new CEO has said, we are determined to make things right", an Uber spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

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TFL accused Uber last month of showing a "lack of corporate responsibility" in relation to "public safety and security".

The Financial Times reports that an Uber representative stated the appeal had been submitted while "constructive discussions" with TfL continue. Uber has been trying to placate the regulators. Khosrowshahi apologized for "the mistakes" the company had made. The pair met on October 3, a fortnight after Uber lost its licence, and both sides described the talks as "constructive", but gave no further detail.

The authorities have a number of concerns about Uber, such as its use of technology that allegedly helps it to evade law enforcement officials.

The app enables users to book cars using their smartphones and is available in more than 40 towns and cities across the UK. An online petition against TFL's decision has garnered over 850,000 signatures.

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