Ride-hailing app Uber will battle in court Tuesday to win back its licence to operate in London after the city’s transportation regulator eliminated it over safety issues.
Transport for London (TfL) denied in 2019 to give the Silicon Valley-based company a brand new license due to what it called a “pattern of failures” on safety and security, including on motorist identification.
Uber Technologies, which was also denied a licence by TfL in 2017 before a judge restored it onto a probationary basis, has made changes to its business model so it can keep functioning in a few of its main markets.
“We have worked hard to address TfL’s concerns over the last few months, rolled out real time ID checks for drivers, and are committed to keeping people moving safely around the city,” stated its Northern and Eastern Europe manager Jamie Heywood.
TfL said in November 2019 that unauthorised drivers could upload their photographs to other Uber accounts, leading to at least 14,000 trips where drivers other than those advertised picked up passengers.
Deputy Senior District Judge Tan Ikram will preside over the hearings at Westminster Magistrates’ Court from Tuesday until Thursday.
The Silicon Valley-based business has run into regulatory barriers and a backlash in other countries too, forcing it to withdraw from some markets.
In London, traditional black cab drivers who see Uber Technologies as a threat to their livelihoods have blocked streets in protest as they see it as disrupting (nee destroying) an entire industry. Their trade body, the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association, can also be part of the court case.
The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by by Costas Pitas. Editing by Estelle Shirbon.
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