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Uber wins back license to operate in London
|Last Edited||IndyGeorgia Jun 27, 2018 09:12am|
|News Date||Tuesday, June 26, 2018 06:30:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||LONDON — Uber was granted a license to operate in London on Tuesday after a British judge ruled that the ride-booking service met the legal requirements to offer its digital services in the country’s capital. |
The decision marks a significant win for Uber, which had lost its license to operate in London last year when the local transport authority revoked its permissions because officials said the company failed to meet its so-called “fit and proper” test to hold a transportation license.
Since that decision — a major blow for the company as London remains one of its most important markets globally — the ride-booking service acknowledged that it failed to meet the city’s requirements and took steps to rectify what local authorities deemed was unacceptable behavior.
“We’re open to doing business with cities in the way in which cities want to do business,” Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s CEO, told POLITICO last month. “We’re not going to be absolutist in our approach; we will adjust on a local basis.”
In a bid to woo London authorities, Uber agreed that its license should have been revoked, although the company has continued to operate in the city while it appealed the decision. More than 3 million Londoners use the service on a regular basis, and there are approximately 45,000 drivers registered on Uber’s platform, according to the company.
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