Sep 22, 2017

Uber vows to challenge loss of London licence

Uber's licence in London, one of its most heavily regulated markets, runs out at the end of the month, but the company will have 21 days to appeal against the decision and will be able to operate throughout the appeals process - which could stretch for months. Tom Elvidge, general manager of Uber in London, vowed to "Immediately challenge this in the courts", adding that Uber's 3.5m users and 40,000 drivers in the capital "Will be astounded by this decision". TfL warned at the time that the letter would in part inform its decision about whether Uber could continue to operate in London for another five years. "Drivers who use Uber are licensed by Transport for London and have been through the same enhanced . . . background checks as black cab drivers," said Mr Elvidge. Others, including former Uber driver James Farrar, who was a co-claimant in the landmark employment tribunal decision against Uber, felt the decision was a major setback for drivers.

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