Uber chief executive and Transport for London to hold crunch talks next week over licence loss in the capital

 
Rebecca Smith
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TfL said last week it will not renew Uber's licence. (Source: Getty)

Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi will meet Transport for London's commissioner Mike Brown next week for talks over the tech giant's licence loss in the capital.

A spokesperson for Uber said: "Our new CEO is looking forward to meeting with the commissioner next week. As he said on Monday, we want to work with London to make things right."

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A TfL spokesperson said: “Following an approach from Uber, and at the mayor’s request, London’s transport commissioner will meet with Uber’s global CEO in London next Tuesday."

Last week, the transport body ruled Uber will not be given another private hire operator licence when its current one expires tomorrow. The tech giant has said it will appeal the decision.

TfL said it has concluded that "Uber London is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence".

The decision sparked a back and forth, with critics saying 40,000 drivers will be put out of work, while 3.5m users will be affected.

Mayor Sadiq Khan accused Uber of being aggressive with court threats, and bringing "unfair pressure on a quasi-judicial body".

Meanwhile, Uber's new boss penned an open letter to Londoners, apologising for getting things wrong and promising to kick start change.

Labour MP Wes Streeting, who was among a group of MPs calling on TfL not to renew Uber's licence, said it was right that Khosrowshahi apologise for the firm's mistakes "but now we need to see some concrete action to rectify them".

"They can start by abiding by the same safety regulations as everyone else; paying their drivers properly with fair terms and conditions; and by paying their fair share of taxes in the UK," he said.

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