Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Uber begins appeal against licence rejection

Disappointment for Uber today if it was hoping an apology and a personal visit from its new CEO would quickly reboot relations with the local transport regulator in London, which last month stripped the company of its license to operate.

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

Uber has formally lodged its appeal against Transport for London's decision not to renew its private hire operating license.

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.

LONDON (AP) - Uber has appealed the decision to deny it a new operating license in London. A hearing is likely to take place on December 11, a spokesman at Britain's Judicial Office told Reuters. However, Uber's cars will remain available until the legal process is exhausted - potentially a year or more.

TfL cited concerns including Uber's approach to reporting criminal offences, its treatment of drivers, how it conducted medical and criminal checks on drivers, and whether software employed to evade regulation was being used in London. The pair are said to have met on 3 October, and both sides have since described the talks as "constructive".

Mr Khosrowshahi took over at Uber in August after predecessor Travis Kalanick resigned following a series of scandals.

Previous to this, Khosrowshahi penned an open letter to London in the Evening Standard apologising for the mistakes that lead to Uber having its licence yanked.

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

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