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Cars Uber appeals against decision to strip its London operating licence

20:16  14 december  2019
20:16  14 december  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

Uber stripped of London licence over passenger safety risk

  Uber stripped of London licence over passenger safety risk Uber has been stripped of its London operating licence by the regulator over a series of breaches that put passenger safety at risk. © Reuters The regulator said 'several breaches that placed passengers and their safety at risk' had been identified Transport for London (TfL) said it has identified "a pattern of failures" by the ride-hailing app firm which led it to conclude that it "is not fit and proper at this time". © Imagebridge The company has 21 days to appeal and can continue to operate throughout the process Uber said it would the challenge the "extraordinary and wrong" decision.

Uber has launched an appeal against Transport for London 's decision not to renew its operating licence . The appeal was filed at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday after TfL rejected Uber 's application Uber is allowed to continue operating in London until the appeal process is completed.

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Uber has launched an appeal against Transport for London's (TfL) decision to pull its operating licence in the capital.

The appeal was filed at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday after TfL rejected Uber's renewal over safety concerns.

The transport regulator stripped the ride-hailing app of its licence in November following “several breaches that placed passengers and their safety at risk”.

Uber's systems allowed unauthorised drivers to upload their photographs to other Uber driver accounts, resulting in a minimum of 14,000 uninsured trips across the city, TfL said.

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Uber submitted an appeal on Friday against a decision by London 's transport regulator to strip the taxi app of its right to operate in one its most important markets, setting up a potentially lengthy legal process during which it can continue to take rides. Last month, Transport for London (TfL).

Uber has launched an appeal against Transport for London ’s (TfL) decision to refuse to renew its operating licence in the capital over safety concerns. The ride-hailing app firm’s regional general manager for northern and eastern Europe, Jamie Heywood, said safety is its “top priority” after the

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Some of these drivers were unlicensed and one had received a police caution for distributing indecent images of children, TfL alleged.

New safety process

The company's regional general manager for northern and eastern Europe, Jamie Heywood, said: "We are committed to Londoners and are working closely with TfL to address their concerns and requests, as we have since 2017.

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"We uncovered this issue, we raised this with TfL and put in place an effective fix.

“We are further strengthening our robust systems and processes through a new facial matching process which we believe will be the first of its kind in London."

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Uber makes last-ditch bid to keep its cars on the streets of London by filing an appeal after being Uber filed appeal against TFL to strip the taxi app of its right to operate in the city Taxi app has roughly 45,000 drivers in London and will still take rides in appeal Uber , which was also denied a licence by TFL in 2017 before a judge restored it on a

London stripped Uber on Friday of its license to operate from the end of September in a huge blow to the taxi app that will affect more than 40,000 drivers The final day of Uber 's license will be on Sep. 30. Uber , which has the right to appeal the decision within 21 days. It is unclear whether Uber will be

Uber is allowed to continue operating in London until the appeal process is completed (Photo by BEN FATHERS/AFP via Getty Images)

Helen Chapman, TfL's director of licensing, regulation and charging, responded: "We note that Uber has submitted an appeal and it will now be for a magistrate to determine if they are fit and proper."

Uber is allowed to continue operating in London until the appeals process is completed.

'Unacceptable' issues

Explaining the decision to remove the license to operate in November, Ms Chapman said: “Safety is our absolute top priority.

“While we recognise Uber has made improvements, it is unacceptable that Uber has allowed passengers to get into minicabs with drivers who are potentially unlicensed and uninsured.

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“It is clearly concerning that these issues arose, but it is also concerning that we cannot be confident that similar issues won't happen again in future."

TfL first refused to renew the company's licence in September 2017 amid safety concerns.

After the firm appealed against the decision, it was handed a 15-month licence by a judge in June 2018.

When this expired in September 2019, the company was granted a two-month licence by TfL.

Uber says its London operation has 45,000 licensed drivers and 3.5 million customers.

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