Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Uber files appeal against London ban

Uber files appeal against London ban

A spokesperson for the Tech company said: While we have today filed our appeal so that Londoners can continue using our app, we hope to continue having constructive discussions with Transport for London.

Westminster magistrates court received legal papers from Uber this morning, outlining their appeal against TfL's decision to remove its licence after the department ruled the popular ride-hailing firm wasn't "fit and proper" to operate in London.

The US-based company submitted its appeal with Westminster magistrates court, setting in motion an appeal process during which it will continue to operate in the United Kingdom capital.

Mayor Sadiq Khan support TfL's decision and said: "All companies in London must play by the rules, if you do play by the rules, you're welcome in London".

An initial court hearing is expected on December 11.

But he pledged to appeal the TfL decision "on behalf of millions of Londoners".

Uber was required to begin its appeal by Friday or it would not be allowed to continue operating in London.

Today was the last day Uber could appeal TfL's decision to renew its licence and now in the hands of the courts, Londoners could see Uber stick around in the future.

TfL had previously indicated that the "conduct and approach" of Uber had been an issue.

TfL has a number of concerns about Uber, including its approach to reporting serious criminal offences, how drivers' medical certificates are obtained, how criminal record checks are carried out, and its use of technology which allegedly helps it to evade law enforcement officials.

Uber has also been criticised over its treatment of drivers, and is awaiting a separate tribunal ruling over the employment status of what it terms "partners".

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