Scene is set for both sides to claim victory on Uber ban
Transport for London’s surprise banishment of Uber – and the subsequent bipartisan peace talks – increasingly feel like carefully staged theatre. The ride-hailing app’s chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi held a tête à tête with TfL commissioner Mike Brown last week, a personal touch designed to show he is taking the firm’s reputational struggles seriously.
Both TfL and mayor Sadiq Khan welcomed this gesture of contrition and the script is ready for a deal allowing both sides to claim victory. Khosrowshahi need only make minor tweaks to allay TfL’s concerns about driver background checks and reporting of crime. That will cast him as the face of a new era of social responsibility at Uber, while TfL and Khan can boast that they took on a Californian tech giant and won.
It would be no great shock if Uber won its licence back by Christmas. But concerns about issues such as labour rights for drivers will linger on.