Uber secures 15-month probationary London licence
Uber Technologies has been allowed to operate in London on a 15-month probationary period after the company was refused a new five-year licence by Transport for London (TfL) in September, citing inappropriate conduct from the US ride hailing giant.
The new licence has been provided following a two-day hearing at the Westminster Magistrates Court where Uber was deemed to now be fit and proper, where Uber was then ordered to pay TfL’s £425,000 legal costs.
“Uber has been put on probation - their 15-month licence has a clear set of conditions that TfL will thoroughly monitor and enforce,” said London Mayor Sadiq Khan. “I believe everyone must play by the same rules, no matter how big or powerful they are.”
The licence will require Uber to report any criminal allegations to the Metropolitan Police, face regular audits and not employ any person that has previously helped evade law enforcement.
Further, the company has overhauled its senior management team in Britain in the aim of turning over a new leaf and cooperating more readily with regulators.
“We will continue to work with TfL to address their concerns and earn their trust, while providing the best possible service for our customers,” said Tom Elvidge, General Manager of Uber UK.
If Uber fails to meet the required standards, TfL will be allowed to take appropriate action.
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