Uber Can Stay on the Road in London


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Uber just got an 18-month license to operate in London.

The city’s Transport for London (TfL) revoked Uber’s license last November because of “a pattern of failures,” including drivers sharing accounts and unlicensed drivers picking up passengers. Uber appealed and was allowed to continue operating as it fought TfL’s ban. Today, London deputy chief magistrate Tan Ikram ruled in Uber’s favor and deemed it “fit and proper” to hold a permit, Bloomberg reports.

This 18-month permit isn’t the perfect outcome for Uber; the company could have received a permit for up to five years. However, the magistrate said Uber may perhaps be doing “even more” than what’s expected of a reasonable business in the sector.

“This decision is a recognition of Uber’s commitment to safety and we will continue to work constructively with TfL,” Jamie Heywood, Uber’s manager for Northern & Eastern Europe, said in a statement. “There is nothing more important than the safety of the people who use the Uber app as we work together to keep London moving.”

Uber has to pay TfL £374,770 ($483,400) for legal fees within 28 days. 



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