• Uber lodges court appeal over London license loss

    Published: Monday, 16 October 2017
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    After talks with Transport for London (TfL) following the transport regulator’s refusal to renew Uber’s private hire operator license, the ride haling app company has lodged a court appeal to overturn TfL’s decision, Reuters reports.

    It’s expected that the appeal, submitted to Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday, will be the beginning of months or years of legal wrangling between the Silicon Valley giant and regulators of its most important European market. Uber will defend its London business at a hearing most likely due on December 11, a spokesman of Britain’s Judicial Office told the news agency.

    “While we have today filed our appeal so that Londoners can continue using our app, we hope to continue having constructive discussions with TfL. As our new CEO has said, we are determined to make things right,” an Uber spokesman said. The company was criticised by London mayor Sadiq Khan for employing an “an army of PR experts and an army of lawyers.”

    TfL said it would not comment before the licensing appeal hearing due later this year. “The courts now will consider the appeal from Uber and of course TfL will defend the decision they made,” said a spokesman at the Mayor of London’s office. Khan is also the chairman of TfL.

    Earlier this month, Uber’s new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi met TfL commissioner Mike Brown for talks, which both sides said were constructive. Uber’s license expired on September 30 but its army of around 40,000 drivers in London will be able to continue to drive until the appeals process is exhausted. - Paultan

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