Uber files appeal against Transport for London

Marco Green
October 13, 2017

London transport authorities last month said they would not renew Uber's licence to operate in the city owing to public safety concerns.

"While we have today filed our appeal so that Londoners can continue using our app, we hope to continue having constructive discussions with Transport for London", Uber added on Friday.

Uber, criticised by London Mayor Sadiq Khan for employing an "army of lawyers", said that it hoped to keep talking to TfL to find a way forward.

The appeal was lodged in court just hours before a deadline which would have forced the company to stop operating in the capital immediately.

The appeal was submitted to Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday in the first stage of a legal process which could take months or years to reach a conclusion. In his open letter Khosrowshahi vowed to make things right with for Uber, so that it can still drive through the streets of London.

A judicial office spokesman said a hearing was likely to take place on 11th December.

Uber was required to begin its appeal by Friday or it would not be allowed to continue operating in London.

TfL had previously indicated that the "conduct and approach" of Uber had been an issue.

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. It has been attempting to overturn a judgment that drivers - about 40,000 of whom work for Uber in London - have rights to paid holiday and the minimum wage.

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. Black-cab drivers say Uber is artificially driving down fares to a level that will not be sustainable.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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