Uber ban: Firm to continue operating in London after filing appeal

Lloyd Doyle
October 13, 2017

Uber Technologies Inc. appealed a London regulator's decision to revoke the vehicle service's license as it seeks more settlement talks.

A hearing is likely to place on 11 December, according to a judicial office spokesman. Uber said that the appeal was filed at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London.

Uber has operated in London since 2012.

Uber has until Friday to submit its appeal and can continue to operate until the appeal process has been exhausted, which could take several months.

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 license, citing its approach to reporting serious criminal offences and background checks on drivers. "We are determined to make things right".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said TFL will defend its decision. "We will appeal this decision on behalf of millions of Londoners, but we do so with the knowledge that we must also change".

TfL said it took the decision on the grounds of "public safety and security implications".

The talks were described by both sides as "constructive". In an open letter after the ban, Khosrowshahi admitted that the company has "got things wrong along the way" and apologized for any mistakes.

London is an extremely important market for Uber.

Beyond London, Mr Khosrowshahi seems to be trying to clean up the company's act more generally too, shaking up management, clamping down on problems around corporate culture and investigating sexual harassment claims. It launched a "Save Your Uber" petition, prominently visible to anyone using the Uber app in the British capital, which has now racked up more than 850,000 supporters.

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