This morning (Friday the 13th) Uber launched its appeal against Transport for London’s (TfL) decision not to renew its private hire licence for not being a ‘fit and proper’ operator.
According to The Guardian, the ride-hailing service lodged papers with Westminster magistrates court, starting an appeal process that will allow it to continue operating in the capital. A hearing is likely to place on 11 December, according to a judicial office spokesman.
Uber’s London licence expired on 30 September after TfL ruled it was not a “fit and proper” operator. However, Uber’s cars will remain available until the legal process is exhausted – potentially a year or more. After TfL’s decision Uber started on a charm offensive. Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s CEO since September, immediately flew to London to apologise for the company’s past actions and promised to change – a public statement welcomed by London mayor Sadiq Khan. The Uber boss came to London in early October for talks with the TfL commissioner that both sides described as “constructive”.
TfL had previously indicated that the “conduct and approach” of Uber had been an issue. The licence decision had cited concerns including Uber’s approach to reporting criminal offences, how it conducted medical and criminal checks on drivers, and whether software employed to evade regulation was being used in London.
- Black cab drivers accuse Uber of subsidizing fares to an unsustainable level.