Uber’s legal bid to avoid being banished in London begins

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Uber’s appeal against the decision not to renew its licence in London will begin on Monday.

The hearing will be held at Westminster Magistrates’ Court and will last for several days.

Transport for London (TfL) told the taxi-hailing app firm in September last year it would not renew its licence due to concerns over public safety and security.

These included: the company’s approach to reporting serious criminal offences; how drivers’ medical certificates were obtained; how criminal record checks were carried out and its use of technology which allegedly helped it evade law enforcement officials.

The chief magistrate will decide whether Uber is “fit and proper” to hold an operator licence in London now, rather than whether TfL’s decision was correct in September.

Uber says it has made significant reforms to its business in recent months.

These include:

– Changes to its leadership such as the appointment of three independent non-executive directors to its UK boards

– Proactively reporting serious incidents to the Metropolitan Police rather than placing the onus on drivers and passengers

– Altering the app so users are told that Uber has accepted their booking and their driver is licensed by TfL

The app enables users to book cars using their smartphones and is available in more than 40 towns and cities across the UK.

Uber says 3.6 million passengers “regularly use the app” in London and it has 45,000 drivers in the city.

It has been able to operate as normal during the appeal process, and the firm could theoretically turn to higher courts if it is not satisfied with the outcome of the hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

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