Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Uber granted stay of execution after filing TfL appeal

Behind Scenes Of The Old Bailey Uber has just over 24 hours to file an appeal or stop operating as a deal with TfL is unlikely
Melinda Barton | 13 October, 2017, 14:59

Uber on Friday, hours before the deadline, filed papers with Westminster magistrates court, an appeals process that will allow it to continue operating London.

Londoners can still hail an Uber, after appeal documents have been filed. Uber plans to put forward further reasons for its appeal before a planned hearing on December 11.

Uber could continue to be hailed across London for another year after officially filing its appeal against Transport for London's decision to revoke its London license.

Uber's new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, met transport commissioner Mike Brown last week. However, Uber's cars will remain available until the legal process is exhausted - potentially a year or more. "As our new CEO [chief executive] has said, we are determined to make things right", an Uber spokesperson said.

Transport for London (TfL) claims that the conduct of Uber, which has about 40,000 drivers and 3.5 million customers in the British capital, had raised concerns.

Late last month TfL announced it would not be renewing Uber's license on account of its approach and conduct demonstrating "a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications". Khosrowshahi apologized for "the mistakes" the company had made.

Uber, which can continue to operate during its appeal, was banned by Transport for London on September 22 over safety concerns and the company's attempts to avoid regulation.

Mr Khosrowshahi took over at Uber in August after predecessor Travis Kalanick resigned following a series of scandals.

"While Uber has revolutionised the way people move in cities around the world, it's equally true that we've got things wrong along the way", he said.