Uber fighting to keep its licence in London

Jermaine Castillo
June 26, 2018

TFL took issue with the way UBER handled criminal offenses committed by its drivers and the manner in which some of their criminal and medical records were presented in order to bypass official checks.

Uber was not considered "fit and proper" to retain an operating licence in London because of its failure to report crimes in London.

The appointment of three independent non-executive directors to the company's United Kingdom boards.

It now proactively reports serious incidents to the Metropolitan Police.

After its application for a five-year license was rejected last year, Uber is now seeking an 18-month one to prove to the authorities that it has reformed.

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Black cab drivers had been celebrating TfL's decision because they believe Uber "faces next to no regulation" when they are "regulated to the hilt".

He said: "We accept TfL's decision in September was the right decision on the evidence at the time".

He said inaccuracies in letters sent in 2014 about whether Uber's business model was legal under London's regulatory framework stemmed from a "lack of understanding" on Uber's part, but that new people as well as the new policies would help to avoid a repeat of the problems in future. He also admitted that the way regulator-dodging "Greyball" software was used in the United Kingdom was "fundamentally wrong".

Online eye tests that relied on the honesty of would-be drivers were also "not a good idea", he said.

Mr Elvidge replied: 'I think it's certainly one of the interpretations.

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"This was not good enough, it should've made multiple responses to further probing and further questioning to get to the ultimate response and that was wrong - that was inadequate."

Uber has been able to operate as normal in the city during the appeal process, and the firm could theoretically turn to higher courts if it is not satisfied with the outcome of this week's hearing.

Since September's TfL decision, Uber has also been stripped of its licence by the southern coastal city of Brighton, in a decision which it is appealing, and the northern city of York.

Uber's lawyer Thomas de la Mare said the company accepted the September ruling and the focus of the appeal should be on its reforms. The case will be heard before the Westminster Magistrate's Court, and is expected to last three to four days.

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