Uber officially appeals London decision, can carry on operating for now

Behind Scenes Of The Old Bailey

Behind Scenes Of The Old Bailey

TfL's decision to not renew the license was based on Uber not being "fit and proper" to operate in London and having a "lack of responsibility".

Uber has appealed the decision to deny it a new operating license in London.

"I fully support TfL's decision - it would be wrong if TfL continued to licence Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoner's safety and security".

Uber confirmed that it filed an appeal with the Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday.

"As our new CEO has said, we are determined to make things right".

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

In addition, the ride-hailing firm launched an online petition that over got over 850,000 online signatures, before the Uber CEO and TfL boss Mike Brown met to discuss Uber's future.

Uber described those talks as "constructive", while TfL said the talks "centred on what needs to happen to ensure a thriving taxi and private hire market in London".

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.

However yesterday, at a question time session, London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, confirmed TfL would be standing by its decision and defending it in court, saying: "The courts now will consider the appeal from Uber and of course TfL will defend the decision they made".

Reuters is reporting that a hearing is likely to take place on December 11, citing a spokesman at Britain's Judicial Office.

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