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Uber launches appeal against London's decision to cancel licence

Uber launches appeal against London's decision to cancel licence

Uber could continue to be hailed across London for another year after officially filing its appeal against Transport for London's decision to revoke its London license.

The appeal, which Uber announced immediately after Transport for London made its decision on September 22, allows the ride-sharing company to continue operating in the city during that process.

Transport for London (TfL) announced it would not be renewing the company's licence last month, but the San Francisco transportation service has now filed its appeal to Westminster Magistrates' Court. "As our new CEO [chief executive] has said, we are determined to make things right", an Uber spokesperson said.

Uber's new chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi met transport commissioner Mike Brown last week to discuss the firm's future in the capital. TfL also released a statement after the meeting characterizing the talks as "constructive" and said that more discussion would continue in the coming weeks.

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

Enabling consumers to find and hire transport services
Enabling consumers to find and hire transport services

TfL has highlighted the company's approach to reporting serious criminal offences and to obtaining criminal record checks for drivers as factors in its decision.

An initial court hearing is expected on December 11.

If Uber loses its appeal, 40,000 jobs will be on the line and although Uber and Londoners believe the company should be allowed to stick around, other members of the UK Government disagree.

But he pledged to appeal the TfL decision "on behalf of millions of Londoners".





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