Uber's top United Kingdom exec quits

Andrew Cummings
October 2, 2017

The announcement comes as Uber attempts to regain its licence in London after Transport for London said the company was "unfit" to serve the capital.

Uber's license expired on September 30, but its roughly 40,000 drivers will be able to take passengers for the Silicon Valley company until an appeals process has been exhausted, which could take several months.

Uber's northern Europe boss has quit amid the company's licensing battle with Transport for London. Bertram has worked for Uber for four years, spearheading the startup's rollout in the United Kingdom, in particular London.

The meeting with Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi comes after London transit authorities chose to strip the ride-hailing service of its license to operate in the British capital.

"Yes there are safety concerns and issues for Uber to address, but what I want to see is a level playing field between the private firms and our wonderful London taxis, our black cabs, our great national institution", May said in an interview with the BBC.

Uber has until October 13 to submit its appeal, which will be reviewed by a judge.

On Tuesday, Uber's new global chief executive is due in the capital for showdown talks with Transport for London (TfL). "We won't be flawless, but we will listen to you; we will look to be long-term partners with the cities we serve; and we will run our business with humility, integrity and passion", he said in a letter to Londoners. As recently as last week, Uber said it would pull out of Quebec rather than agree to 35 hours of training for drivers. But Khan's spokesman said the mayor would not meet Khosrowshahi although he welcomed Uber head's visit to London.

It also criticised the company for its use of technology which allegedly helps it to evade law enforcement officials.

Khosrowshahi was named CEO in August and has stuck a conciliatory tone compared to Uber's more brash approach to government relations under co-founder Travis Kalanick.

Khosrowshahi already offered a contrite public response, which is unusual for Uber, in an open-letter apology to Londoners "for the mistakes we've made".

Uber declined to comment on London bargaining tactics. "They have let down their drivers and customers by failing, in the view of TfL, to act as a fit and proper operator".

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