Uber wins appeal against TfL

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Uber will continue to operate in London after winning its appeal against Transport for London (TfL)’s decision not to renew its license last September.

Following a two-day hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot concluded that Uber is ‘fit and proper’ to hold an operating licence.

The renewed licence, which was described as ‘probationary’, was granted for 15 months.

Uber will also pay all of TfL’s costs for the appeal process, totalling £425,000.

Although Uber London had originally sought to renew a full five year licence, the company changed that to 18 months, and then 15 months when the appeal was heard in court.

Uber admitted in court that the original decision not to renew its licence was correct, but claimed ‘substantial changes’ had been made.

Uber, during the probation period and thereafter, will be expected to uphold better standards and have had stringent conditions attached to the licence renewal.