Uber Heads To Court docket In Struggle For London Survival

Uber Heads To Court In Fight For London Survival

Uber has nearly 40,000 drivers plying on the London roads

London:  Uber will defend its proper to function in London in a court docket listening to on Monday after the app was deemed unfit to run a taxi service and stripped of its licence in its most necessary European market.

Regulator Transport for London (TfL) shocked the Silicon Valley agency by rejecting its licence renewal bid in September, citing its strategy to reporting severe prison offences and background checks on drivers.

Uber’s 40,000 drivers, representing round one in three of all personal rent automobiles on the British capital’s roads, can proceed to take passengers till the appeals course of is exhausted, which might take years.

The authorized battle pitches one of many world’s richest cities in opposition to a tech large recognized for its forays into new markets all over the world which have prompted bans, restrictions and protests, together with by drivers of London’s well-known black cabs.

Uber’s legal professionals will start their attraction at Westminster Magistrates’ Court docket on Monday, in what is predicted to be a largely administrative listening to designed to set a date for a fuller listening to subsequent 12 months.

Chief Govt Dara Khosrowshahi has apologised to Londoners and met TfL Commissioner Mike Brown in October for what each side described as constructive talks.

Brown informed Reuters in November that “there are some discussions happening to verify they’re compliant.”

Months of authorized wrangling are possible until the Silicon Valley app, valued at round $70 billion with traders together with Goldman Sachs, can come to a brand new association with the regulator.

“We proceed having constructive discussions with Transport for London with a view to resolve this,” an Uber spokesman mentioned forward of the listening to. “As our new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has mentioned, we’re decided to make issues proper.”

Dropping its London licence was simply one among many blows to Uber this 12 months as a stream of executives left amid controversies involving allegations of sexual harassment and points surrounding information privateness and enterprise practices.

In Britain, Uber is seeking to appoint a brand new boss after Jo Bertram introduced her departure lower than two weeks after London’s choice.

It additionally faces potential issues within the northern English metropolis of Sheffield the place its licence has been suspended and in Brighton, southern England, the place native officers prolonged the agency’s licence for less than six months to provide them extra time to think about the result of the dispute in London.

(Reporting by Costas Pitas; Enhancing by Keith Weir)

© Thomson Reuters 2017

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