Uber launches appeal against loss of London licence

Cornelia Mascio
Ottobre 13, 2017

Uber has submitted a court appeal to overturn a decision by London's transport regulator stripping the taxi app of its operating licence.

The appeal hearing is likely to be on December 11, according to a spokesperson for the United Kingdom judiciary office. Uber waited until the deadline day to file the appeal.

Although Uber will expectedly lodge an appeal to get its license back and save the jobs and livelihood of its drivers, the company has taken a more relaxed approach to the whole process and has indicated it is more willing to make amends and resolve the concerns that led to the TFL's failure to renew its licence in Septemvber. Uber can still operate while the appeal is ongoing.

"We hope to continue having constructive discussions with Transport for London", Uber said Friday in an emailed statement.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said TFL will defend its decision.

Regulators said Uber's conduct "demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications".

New global Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi met TfL Commissioner Mike Brown for talks earlier this month, which both sides said were "constructive" as the $70-billion firm tries to fix its relationship with the regulator. "We will appeal this decision on behalf of millions of Londoners, but we do so with the knowledge that we must also change". 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.

London is an extremely important market for Uber.

More than 850,000 people have signed an online petition launched by Uber, urging TfL to reverse its ruling.

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