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Technology Uber awaits renewal decision on vital London license, just five days before expiry

16:40  20 september  2019
16:40  20 september  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Uber gets two-month operating license in London, it wanted five years

  Uber gets two-month operating license in London, it wanted five years The city decides to keep Uber on probation.London's transportation regulator, Transport of London (TfL), said it's still looking at "additional information" before deciding on what kind of license to give the company. It didn't specify what type of information it wants from Uber.

Before you get started. Renewal applications can take up to eight weeks for TfL to process. Because of this, we recommend you start applying as soon as you receive your renewal pack in Your renewal pack should arrive around four months before the date your license expiry . Haven’t received it yet?

Uber has been granted a short-term licence to operate in London following a court hearing. The company had been seeking a five -year licence when it was refused last year. Image caption Mayor of London Sadiq Khan backed TfL's decision not to renew Uber licence to operate in the capital last

LONDON (Reuters) - Uber is still waiting to see whether its license in London, which expires on Wednesday, will be renewed as the regulator, which previously stripped the taxi app of its right to operate in the city, remains tight-lipped about the decision.

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Transport for London (TfL) rejected the Silicon Valley company's license renewal request in 2017 due to failings it said it found in its approach to reporting serious criminal offences and driver background checks, prompting legal action.

London keeps Uber on short license as it scrutinizes firm

  London keeps Uber on short license as it scrutinizes firm London transport authorities on Tuesday gave Uber two months to continue operating in the city rather than the full five-year license the ride-hailing company had sought. London is keeping Uber on a tight leash, with shorter-than-usual licenses, as officials review how the company operates following concerns about aggressive corporate tactics and passenger safety. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file) London is keeping Uber on a tight leash, with shorter-than-usual licenses, as officials review how the company operates following concerns about aggressive corporate Transport for London issued the two-month license as the U.S.

Uber ’s license to continue to operate in London will not be renewed following its expiry on September 30th. In the days following the decision there has been uproar. Uber started up a petition, and They just can’t stand the idea of a new and better technology disrupting the outdated and expensive.’

LONDON — Uber won an appeal on Tuesday to regain its taxi license in London after agreeing to stricter government oversight, a crucial “ Uber has been forced to overhaul the way it operates not just in London but across the world, including completely changing its global governance structures

A judge in 2018 then granted Uber a probationary 15-month license, which expires on Sept. 25, after the company had made several changes to its business model in London, the firm's most important European market.

A question put to London Mayor Sadiq Khan from a member of the city's assembly about the license renewal is still awaiting a reply according to an entry on the London Authority's website from earlier this week.

TfL said it does not comment on individual license applications.

Among its options are giving Uber a maximum five-year license, a shorter one, or stripping the firm of its ability to operate, almost certainly prompting an appeals process during which the app would still be able to take rides, as in 2017.

Uber declined to comment on Friday.

The 2017 license loss came just weeks after Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi took over and became a test of his ability to assuage regulator concerns as the app faced disputes with taxi firms and the authorities in different markets.

Mayor Khan was critical of Uber just weeks ago and said companies must play by the rules.

"You will know my track record which is standing up to the big boys, and they are boys, and make sure everyone plays by the rules," he told listeners to a phone-in on LBC radio. "I don't care how many lawyers you employ or how big your PR budget."

(Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Stephen Addison)

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