Uber secured its London future in a landmark court case — but the mayor warned he would scrutinize the taxi service and take 'swift action' if needed
- Mayor Sadiq Khan of
Londonon Monday responded to a courtvictory by Uberby saying he would keep a close eye on the company to ensure it's meeting safety requirements.
- Uber won an appeal against the regulator
Transport for Londonin court Monday and will now be issued a new operating license.
- Transport for London revoked Uber’s license last year for a second time after what it described as "a pattern of failures" that put the safety of passengers at risk.
- But the court ruled Uber was "fit and proper" to operate in the city.
Uber has won a court battle in London that secures its right to operate in the city.
Following the news of the judgment, which upheld Uber's appeal against a
Rather than focusing on the result of the court hearing, Khan said that
TfL revoked Uber's license in November for the second time after it said drivers were using fake identities to pick up passengers. The taxi-hailing app went to court on September 14 to appeal against TfL's decision.
Uber was "fit and proper" to operate in the city, Deputy Chief Magistrate Tan Ikram said at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday.
Ikram said Uber had "plugged the gaps" in its IT systems that led to safety risks, while improving communication and engagement with TfL.
"Public confidence in the licensing regime is a clear consideration," he said. "Some breaches in themselves are just so serious that their mere occurrence is evidence that the operator is not fit and proper to hold a license. I do not find this to be one of those cases."
TfL and Uber will now negotiate a license.
Jamie Heywood, Uber's regional general manager for Northern and Eastern Europe, said the decision was "a recognition of Uber's commitment to safety and will continue to work constructively with TfL," adding that "there is nothing more important than the safety of the people who use the
London is one of Uber's biggest markets worldwide, with 3.5 million users and 45,000 drivers in the city.
New selfie verification for drivers
In the court case, Uber argued that its new selfie verification system introduced in April, which checks a driver's identity before the driver collects a passenger, addressed TfL's concerns that thousands of drivers were using fake identities to pick up passengers.
Uber first lost its license in September 2017 when TfL said the
TfL decided to strip away Uber's London license again in November 2019 after identifying "several breaches" that it said "placed passengers and their safety at risk." More than 14,000 unauthorized people had uploaded fake identities onto approved Uber drivers' accounts and were picking up passengers using vehicles they weren't registered to drive, TfL said.
TfL said it also found that some drivers didn't have the right insurance and that others who had been suspended from the Uber app were creating second accounts to get back on the roads again.
TfL said in a statement in November that Uber had made "a number of positive changes and improvements to its culture, leadership and systems" since its license was revoked — but those changes weren't enough.
Uber was still allowed to operate in London despite having no license because it decided to appeal the ban.
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