Uber wins legal battle to continue operating in London


Uber on Monday won a major victory in London after a court ruled the ride-hailing company can continue operating in the city.

The ruling is a seal of approval for Uber in one of its key markets, and a big blow to London Mayor Sadiq Khan in his long-standing fight against the company. Khan first revoked Ubers license in 2017 on the grounds that the company was not “fit and proper” to operate in the capital — a move that Uber contested.

Uber appealed a decision by the capitals transport authority Transport for London (TfL) in November, which stripped the company of its operating license because it said Uber allowed 14,000 “fraudulent trips” with unlicensed drivers taking over existing accounts, putting passengers at risk. Uber argued it was a glitch that was abused by a “gang of criminals,” not a widespread safety problem.

On Monday the Westminster Magistrates Court ruled that Uber had implemented sufficient changes to its systems, and improved oversight and communications.

“Some breaches in themselves are just so serious that their mere occurrence is evidence that the operator is not fit and proper to hold a licence. I do not find this to be one of those cases,” said Tanweer Ikram, the deputy chief magistrate.

“Despite their historical failings, I find them, now, to be a fit and proper person to hold a London [private hire vehicle] operators licence,” Ikram said in his decision.

Uber welcomed the ruling. The companys Regional Manager for Northern and Eastern Europe Jamie Heywood called it a “recognition of Ubers commitment to safety.”

TfL said Ubers safety updates were a result of its November decision. In an emailed statement, the authority said it will “closely monitor Ubers adherence to the regulations and … swiftly take action if they fail to meet the required standards.”

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