Uber’s London licence extended for two months

Global taxi booking firm Uber has had its rights to operate in London extended for a further two months, despite an ongoing debate on its role in the UK.

Transport for London today announced its decision to issue Uber London Limited (ULL) with a private hire operator licence ahead of consideration of any potential further licensing application.

Uber originally lost its licence in 2017 due to public safety firms, but was then issued with a 15-month extension. The firm’s licence was originally due to expire tomorrow.

In order to receive a longer licence, the firm must meet new conditions on passenger safety. If successful, Uber will need to wait until November to find out if it will be granted a full five-year licence. If it is not, the firm may have to close its London business.

In response to this announcement, Steve Garelick, GMB Regional Officer said: “Uber has had more chances than a game of Monopoly. A two month licence extension is no good for anyone – it leaves uncertainty for drivers and passengers, meanwhile Uber still operates an unsafe model on the streets of London. Transport for London has simple kicked the can down the road and show no regard for driver or public safety.”