The Strategist

Uber wins right to work in London

09/29/2020 - 03:30

Westminster Magistrates' Court ruled on the possibility of returning the online taxi service Uber a license to operate in London.

The court concluded that the service is now working properly in order to be licensed, despite shortcomings in the past.

In November last year, the London Transport watchdog (TfL) refused to renew Uber’s license in London due to “a number of omissions that threaten the safety of passengers.” Among these omissions was the fact that laid off or suspended drivers had the ability to create new accounts in the Uber system and travel. 

Uber filed a lawsuit shortly thereafter to appeal against TfL's decision, with the service continuing to operate in London while the appeal was pending. Earlier in 2017, London authorities had already refused to renew the service license, but did it later.

The new Uber license will be valid for 18 months, after which it will need to be renewed. London is one of the largest service markets, 45 thousand drivers cooperate with Uber here, and the number of service passengers reaches 3.5 million people. Uber shares rose 6% after the court's ruling was announced.