New Uber boss to ap­peal de­ci­sion

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - NEIL LANCEFIELD

THE new boss of Uber was due to visit Lon­don for talks with the cap­i­tal’s trans­port com­mis­sioner yes­ter­day (Tues­day) af­ter the firm’s li­cence was not re­newed.

Dara Khos­row­shahi, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the taxi app, will meet Mike Brown of Trans­port for Lon­don (TfL) as Uber seeks to con­tinue op­er­at­ing in the city.

A TfL spokesman said: “Fol­low­ing an ap­proach from Uber , and at the mayor’s re­quest, Lon­don’s trans­port com­mis­sioner will meet with Uber’s global CEO in Lon­don.”

An Uber spokesman said: “Our new CEO is look­ing for­ward to meet­ing with the com­mis­sioner next week. As he said on Mon­day, we want to work with Lon­don to make things right.”

TfL re­fused to re­new Uber’s li­cence last week on the grounds of “pub­lic safety and se­cu­rity im­pli­ca­tions”. Uber has said it will launch an ap­peal against the de­ci­sion. It can con­tinue to op­er­ate dur­ing that process.

The is­sues raised by TfL in­clude Uber’s ap­proach to re­port­ing se­ri­ous crim­i­nal of­fences, how driv­ers’ med­i­cal cer­tifi­cates are ob­tained, how crim­i­nal record checks are car­ried out and its use of tech­nol­ogy which al­legedly helps it to evade law en­force­ment of­fi­cials.

Mr Khos­row­shahi took over at Uber last month af­ter pre­de­ces­sor Travis Kalan­ick re­signed fol­low­ing a se­ries of scan­dals.

In an open let­ter pub­lished af­ter TfL’s de­ci­sion he apol­o­gised for “the mis­takes we’ve made” and ac­cepted that the com­pany had “got things wrong”.

He wrote that Uber will chal­lenge the li­cence de­ci­sion “with the knowl­edge that we must also change”.

More than 800,000 peo­ple have signed an on­line pe­ti­tion launched by Uber urg­ing TfL to re­verse its de­ci­sion.

Mr Khos­row­shahi thanked “every­one who uses Uber for your sup­port over the last few days”.

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