Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Uber granted 15-month licence to operate in London by court



Uber has been granted a 15-month licence to operate in London in a decision which reverses a block placed on its service last year.
 
Transport for London (TfL) refused to give the Uber a five-year operating licence last September, blaming failings in its approach to reporting serious criminal offences and to background checks on drivers.


But Westminster Magistrates' Court has now accepted the firm's assertions that its corporate culture had improved since its license was revoked.


Uber told the court there had been a "wholesale change" and it had appointed three non-executive board members.


Chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot granted the reduced licence but criticised the firm for attempting to "grow the business, come what may".


Ms Arbuthnot previously indicated the 18-month provisional licence Uber was requesting would be "too long" for her to grant.




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