Uber has been granted a new licence to continue operating in London for 30 more months

Uber has been granted a new licence to continue operating in London for 30 more months
Uber said it was delighted that it had been granted the new licence.Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo
  • Uber has been granted permission to continue operating in London, according to Transport for London.
  • A TfL spokesperson told Insider that it granted Uber a private hire vehicle operator's license.

Transport for London (TFL) has granted Uber permission to continue its operations in London for a further 30 months.

Uber tweeted on Sunday, saying it was "delighted to announce @TfL has granted Uber a new 30-month licence in London." It added: "TfL rightly holds our industry to the highest regulatory and safety standards and we are pleased to have met their high bar."

The ride-hailing firm was previously denied a license by TfL, in November 2019. However, in September 2020, a judge upheld Uber's appeal against the decision and gave it a further 18-month license.

A TfL spokesperson told Insider that Uber has been "granted a London private hire vehicle operator's licence for a period of two and a half years."

"The deputy chief magistrate found Uber to be a fit and proper person in September 2020 after it made significant changes following TfL's licence refusal in November 2019," the spokesperson added.


Uber did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment made outside of normal working hours.

The company added in its announcement: "As we continue to serve London, we remain focused on raising industry standards in all areas. These include offering drivers the benefits and protections they deserve, ensuring all Londoners can get around safely and becoming a fully electric platform by 2025."

In February 2021, Uber lost a major legal battle over whether its UK drivers counted as workers and were entitled to minimum wage. It forced the firm and its rivals to overhaul their business models.

The legal battle kicked off in 2016 when two ex-Uber drivers, Yaseen Aslam and James Farrar, filed a lawsuit against Uber. They argued that the ride-hailing company was breaking UK employment law by failing to offer basic worker rights.