Uber has secured a 30-month — or two-and-a-half-year — license to keep its ridesharing services running in London, according to a report by the BBC. This marks the end of a lengthy dispute with the city’s transport authority, Transport for London (TfL), over Uber’s safety protocols.
We are happy to inform you @TfL has granted Uber a new 30-month license in London. TfL rightly holds our industry to the highest regulatory and safety standards and we are delighted to have met their high bar.
— Uber UK (@UberUK) March 26, 2022
“We are pleased to announce that @TfL has granted Uber a new 30-month license in London,” Uber announced in a tweet Saturday morning. “TfL rightly holds our industry to the highest regulatory and safety standards and we are delighted to have met their high bar.”
Uber initially lost its license to operate in London in 2017 after TfL accused the company of demonstrating “a lack of corporate responsibility” with potential “public safety implications”. It pointed to the company’s shortcomings in reporting crimes, issuing background checks to drivers, obtaining medical certificates, and also brought up its alleged use of Uber Greyball, software that hid the ride service from regulators.
The Company later won a 15-month appeal in courtonly to have his license revoked again in 2019 TfL said the company was still not “fit and adequate” to operate in the city. 2020, A judge granted Uber a license to operate in London for 18 months despite the company’s “historical mistakes”. Over the years, Uber has added a number of safety features including an in-app panic buttonway for Passengers to report their drivers for unsafe behavioras well as the ability for Driver and passengers to record audio while travelling.
Last year, Uber has lost a legal battle in the UK about the employment status of the drivers, so the company has to start Classified its UK-based drivers as employeesby providing them with minimum wages, paid holidays and other benefits.
“As we continue to serve London, we remain focused on raising industry standards across the board,” Added Uber. “This includes giving drivers the benefits and protections they deserve, ensuring all Londoners can move safely, and becoming an all-electric platform by 2025.”
https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/26/22997671/uber-granted-30-month-license-operate-london-uk Uber issued a 30-month license to continue operations in London