Uber fights for London license renewal in United Kingdom court appeal

26 Juin, 2018, 00:41 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
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Uber accepts its licence should not have been renewed in London over safety concerns but believes the decision should be overturned because there has been "wholesale change" since, the taxi-hailing app has argued at its appeal hearing.

It has also changed its senior management and apologised for mistakes.

Since TFL's decision not renew Uber's license the company has gone to great lengths to make significant changes, acknowledging its blunders.

The hearing is expected to continue for three days, and we won't necessarily know whether Uber has won its licence back at the end of the process.

Uber UK's General Manager Tom Elvidge said that his initial response to the decision, which he had criticized, had been "completely wrong", and admitted its correspondence with TfL had at times been inaccurate, incomplete and inadequate.

Tom Elvidge, general manager of Uber in the United Kingdom, said today: 'I agree that Uber London Limited (ULL) and Uber generally was undergoing a period of significant change and, in light of what was available to TfL given the mistakes that ULL made, I absolutely accept that decision in September'.

But Elvidge said that a change of personnel and policies would help avoid similar issues in the future, and credited Khosrowshahi with changing the broader culture of the company after the resignation of his predecessor, Travis Kalanick.

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Uber has had problems with its licenses in a number of other British cities, but London is its largest target market in Europe.

"It was very clear to ULL (Uber London Limited) that a change in structure, a change in leadership, and a fundamental change in the way we were managing and governing operations was essential", he told the court. It has been allowed to continue operating pending the court date.

Uber is seeking a new licence for just 18 months, rather than the full five years.

Judge Emma Arbuthnot may take weeks before making her decision, which is likely to be subject to further appeal by the losing side, meaning the whole legal process could take years.

She signaled any license renewal could be for a shorter period.

At stake for the US firm is one of its most crucial foreign markets.

The firm has also been stripped of its licences in Brighton and York, but has gained new licences in Sheffield, Cambridge, Nottingham and Leicester.

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