Uber lodges appeal over London ban

13 October, 2017, 14:56 | Author: Valerie Burke
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A spokesperson for the Tech company said: 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.

"We have this morning filed our appeal on the London licence decision at Westminster Magistrates' Court", Uber said in a statement ahead of the Friday deadline. Uber plans to put forward further reasons for its appeal before a planned hearing on December 11.

Uber's 40,000 drivers in the British capital will be able to continue operating until the appeals process is exhausted.

Uber, which can continue to operate during its appeal, was banned by Transport for London on September 22 over safety concerns and the company's attempts to avoid regulation.

Uber on Friday filed its appeal against a decision by London authorities not to renew its licence, the USA ride-hailing company said. 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.

TfL said it took the decision on the grounds of "public safety and security implications".

"The courts now will consider the appeal from Uber and of course TfL will defend the decision they made", he said during a monthly question time session. The pair are said to have met on 3 October, and both sides have since described the talks as "constructive".

Uber hired Khosrowshahi from United States travel group Expedia in August, in the hope that he can steer the ride-sharing service away from the string of controversies.

Following the ruling, Uber's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi apologised to Londoners on behalf of the company.

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