Judge to rule whether Uber deserves new London licence

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A British judge is set to inform Uber today if it has won back its London operating licence after it was eliminated over security concerns, the most recent period of a long-running battle with the regulator in one of its most important markets.

Transport for London (TfL) refused in 2019 to grant the Silicon Valley-based firm a new licence due to what it called a “pattern of failures”, including tens of thousands of trips conducted where drivers aside from those promoted picked up passengers.

The taxi app, which was also denied a permit by TfL in 2017 before a judge revived it on a probationary basis, appealed the decision and says it has improved insurance record verification programs and rolled out real life identification.

Uber’s 45,000 drivers in London are still able to function before the appeals process is exhausted, which could go on for a lot more months based on any further legal action after Monday’s conclusion.

Senior District Judge Tan Ikram is set to hand down his choice from 1000 BST (0900 GMT) at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

Uber, which apologised for mistakes it has made, has run into regulatory barriers and a backlash in other countries, forcing it to withdraw from some markets.

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In London, it faces a number of rivals, including Ola, Freenow and Bolt, and traditional black cab drivers have previously blocked streets in protest at what they see as a threat to their livelihoods.

Their trade body, the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association, urged the judge to block a new licence, saying in a legal entry that Uber is “not fit and proper.”

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Costas Pitas. Editing by Stephen Addison.

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