Uber secures London license for two and a half years

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FILE PHOTO: The Uber logo is displayed on a cellphone in this photo taken on November 25, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Illustration/File Photo

March 26, 2022

(Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc said on Saturday it has been allowed to operate in London under a new 30-month licence, ending a years-long battle with the city’s transport authority over safety concerns.

“Uber has been granted a license to operate private hire vehicles in London for a period of two and a half years,” a spokesman for Transport for London (TfL) said in a statement to Reuters.

In 2019, Uber lost its license to carry paying passengers in London for a second time, and a year later the ride-hailing company was given an 18-month London license after a legal battle to restore its operations. In 2017, the US company lost its license for the first time.

Uber had previously claimed that it had addressed security concerns by improving insurance document verification systems and introducing real-time identification.

The company also struck a deal with Britain’s GMB union last year, allowing it to represent up to 70,000 drivers.

TfL now believes Uber is a suitable person and has granted a conditional license, the spokesperson added.

Uber UK said it remains focused on giving drivers the benefits and protections they deserve, and becoming an all-electric platform by 2025.

(Reporting by Maria Ponnezhath in Bengaluru; Editing by Diane Craft) Uber secures London license for two and a half years


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