Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Uber Seeks More London Negotiations as It Appeals License Ban

Uber Seeks More London Negotiations as It Appeals License Ban

The appeal, which Uber announced immediately after Transport for London made its decision on September 22, allows the ride-sharing company to continue operating in the city during that process.

The ride hailing app filed documents at Westminster Magistrates' Court opposing the ruling.

A statement at the time said Uber was not "fit and proper" to operate in the capital.

Transport for London (TfL) shocked the Silicon Valley firm last month by deeming it unfit to run a taxi service and refusing to renew its license, citing its approach to reporting serious criminal offences and background checks on drivers.

"As our new CEO has said, we are determined to make things right".

Uber on Friday filed its appeal against a decision by London authorities not to renew its licence, the United States ride-hailing company said.

The talks were described by both sides as "constructive".

The authorities have a number of concerns about Uber, such as its use of technology that allegedly helps it to evade law enforcement officials.

The app enables users to book cars using their smartphones and is available in more than 40 towns and cities across the UK.

It comes after allegations that Uber ignored reports of sexual assaults made against its drivers.

Uber hired Khosrowshahi from USA travel group Expedia in August, in the hope that he can steer the ride-sharing service away from the string of controversies.

The new boss has apologised for "the mistakes we've made" and accepted that the company had "got things wrong".

Today was the last day Uber could appeal TfL's decision to renew its licence and now in the hands of the courts, Londoners could see Uber stick around in the future. A petition launched by Uber to protest TfL's decision has gathered more than 800,000 signatures.

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