Uber files ap­peal against Lon­don ban

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LON­dON: Uber filed its ap­peal against a de­ci­sion by Lon­don au­thor­i­ties not to re­new its li­cence, the US ride-hail­ing com­pany said.

“We have this morn­ing filed our ap­peal on the Lon­don li­cence de­ci­sion at West­min­ster Mag­is­trates’ Court,” Uber said in a state­ment ahead of yes­ter­day’s dead­line.

An ini­tial court hear­ing is ex­pected on Dec 11.

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

Trans­port for Lon­don (TfL) claims that the con­duct of Uber, which has about 40,000 driv­ers and 3.5 mil­lion cus­tomers in the Bri­tish cap­i­tal, had raised 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 yes­ter­day.

“As our new CEO (Dara Khos­row­shahi) has said, we are de­ter­mined to make things right.”

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.

The com­pany came un­der scru­tiny in Bri­tain af­ter it emerged that dozens of rape and sex­ual as­sault claims had been made against their driv­ers and when one of their driv­ers used his ve­hi­cle in a re­cent ter­ror at­tack on Buck­ing­ham Palace.

It also ques­tioned the process through which driv­ers ob­tain their med­i­cal cer­tifi­cates and the prac­tice of “grey­balling”, when the com­pany uses a fake ver­sion of its app to fool reg­u­la­tors in cities in which it is banned.

In an open let­ter last month, Khos­row­shahi apol­o­gised for “mis­takes” made by Uber.

“While Uber had rev­o­lu­tionised the way peo­ple move in cities around the world, it’s equally true that we’ve got things wrong along the way,” he wrote.

But he pledged to ap­peal the TfL de­ci­sion “on be­half of mil­lions of Lon­don­ers”.

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

Uber, which has ac­cu­mu­lated fi­nan­cial losses, has faced al­le­ga­tions also of tech­nol­ogy theft, cor­rup­tion and use of il­le­gal soft­ware.

At the same time, its driv­ers have been strug­gling with a wave of op­po­si­tion from tra­di­tional taxis in sev­eral coun­tries. — AFP

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