Uber is Granted to Operate in London for 15 Months
Tfl declined to renew Ubers’s licence stating its not “Fit and Proper”, pointing out Uber’s response to serious crimes and its concern towards the London City. Uber Filed its appeal against its licence ban and finally, Uber got its licence back o keep operating in London. Though the verdict is in favor for Uber, its a probationary license and will reviewed every 15 months.
“We are pleased with today’s decision,” Tom Elvidge, the general manager of Uber in the UK, said in a statement. “We will continue to work with TfL to address their concerns and earn their trust, while providing the best possible service for our customers.”
In the end, Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot agreed, saying:
“Inevitably such a young business suffered a number of growing pains which have not been helped by what seemed to be the ‘gung-ho’ attitude of those running the business in the very recent past. The attitude of the previous managers of ULL [Uber London Limited] appeared to me on the evidence to be that of grow the business come what may.
“Taking into account the new governance arrangements, I find that whilst ULL was not a fit and proper person at the time of the decision letter and in the months that followed, it has provided evidence to this court that it is now a fit and proper person.”
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said TfL had been “vindicated”.
“As a result of us standing up for Londoners, Uber has been forced to overhaul the way it operates not just in London but across the world, including completely changing its global governance structures and implementing new systems for reporting alleged crimes.”