Uber wins back London licence despite 'historical failings'

In 2019, Uber was refused a new London licence due to a pattern of failures.
By : Reuters
| Updated on: 28 Sep 2020, 03:05 PM
FILE PHOTO: An Uber pick-up location is pictured. (REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: An Uber pick-up location is pictured. (REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: An Uber pick-up location is pictured. (REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: An Uber pick-up location is pictured.

Uber has won a legal bid to restore its London operating licence which was taken away by the city's transport regulator over safety concerns, after a judge decided on Monday that it was a fit and proper operator.

Transport for London refused to grant the Silicon Valley-based company a new licence in 2019 due to what it called a "pattern of failures" and Uber argued it has since assuaged concerns over insurance verification and driver identification.

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"Despite their historical failings, I find them, now, to be a fit and proper person to hold a London PHV (private hire vehicle) operator’s licence," Judge Tan Ikram said in his written verdict.

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"I do, however, wish to hear from the advocates on conditions and on my determination as to the length of a licence," he said.

First Published Date: 28 Sep 2020, 03:04 PM IST
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