Uber has won a legal bid to reestablish its London functioning license that was taken away due to safety concerns. The grant was followed by the judge rule that the enterprise was a fit and appropriate operator in spite of the historical failings. In 2019, Transport for London (TfL) declined to grant the corporation a new license because of a pattern of failures that included thousands of trips led by drivers other than the ones presented to picked up passengers.
Uber reasoned that it has since then addressed the issue by refining insurance document authentication systems and rolling out instantaneous identification.
TfL rejected the license of the US company in 2017 as well, in a major setback in one of its key markets, before it was reinstated on a probationary basis.
Judge Tan Ikram expressed that he was satisfied that the company was doing what a practical business in this field is expected to do. While granting an 18-month license to take rides, he stated that in spite of their historical failings, he found them to be a fit and appropriate business to hold a London operator’s license.
Uber apologized for the mistakes that happened. The company faced repercussions and regulatory problems elsewhere, even in its home state of California.
Uber’s supervisor for Northern and Eastern Europe, Jamie Heywood stated that this result is an acknowledgment of Uber’s commitment to safety and the company will endure working positively with TfL.
Uber has several competitors in London including Bolt, Ola, and Freenow. The traditional black cab drivers of the city protested and blocked the streets as they see this as a risk to their livelihoods.
Sadiq Khan, the London Mayor who also chairs TfL, warned Uber to stick to its obligations. He assured that TfL will continue to strictly monitor Uber and will take rapid action if they fail to meet the stringent standards needed to protect passengers.