Uber wins legal battle to continue operating in London

Global ridesharing platform Uber has secured its right to continue operating in London after a judge upheld its appeal against Transport for London (TfL) – ending more than three years of legal disputes.

TfL originally refused to renew Uber’s licence in September 2017, however, Uber then won a 15-month licence in June 2018 after taking the case to court.

Uber had been granted a new licence to work in London a year ago after TfL rejected its application over safety concerns.

Today’s ruling ends uncertainty for the 45,000 drivers who use the taxi app in the capital.

In the view of the Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Uber was now a ‘fit and proper’ ridesharing provider ‘despite historical failings’. Previously, Uber’s system allowed unauthorised people to upload their photographs to legitimate drivers’ accounts, which then allowed them to pick up passengers.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Tan Ikram said: “Despite their historical failings, I find them, now, to be a fit and proper person to hold a London Private Hire Vehicle operator’s licence.”

Uber’s Regional General Manager for Northern and Eastern Europe, Jamie Heywood, commented: “It was not what we would do now. It was inadequate, we could have done better.”

The length of the new licence will be decided in the days ahead.