Uber appeals London decision to pull its license

Andrew Cummings
October 13, 2017

Uber's appeal is expected to take place on December 11.

The capital's authorities said the San Francisco-based company hasn't properly reported crimes or done adequate background checks on drivers, concluding the firm doesn't pass the "fit and proper" test to operate.

CONTROVERSIAL CAB COMPANY Uber on Friday launched an appeal against Transport for London's (TfL) decision not to renew its private hire licence.

Uber will challenge the licence decision "with the knowledge that we must also change", he said.

The US-based company submitted its appeal with Westminster magistrates court, setting in motion an appeal process during which it will continue to operate in the United Kingdom capital.

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

TfL said Uber had demonstrated "a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications".

Earlier this month, Uber's new chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi met Mike Brown, who runs Transport for London.

Londoners can still hail an Uber, after appeal documents have been filed.

Previous to this, Khosrowshahi penned an open letter to London in the Evening Standard apologising for the mistakes that lead to Uber having its licence yanked.

However yesterday, at a question time session, London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, confirmed TfL would be standing by its decision and defending it in court, saying: "The courts now will consider the appeal from Uber and of course TfL will defend the decision they made".

It comes after allegations that Uber ignored reports of sexual assaults made against its drivers.

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