Uber's working with Met police on new crime reporting policy amid London licence troubles

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Uber is working with police to draft a new policy on how it reports assaults in a bid to address safety concerns that led to the loss of its licence in London.

The ride-hailing startup has said it leaves the decision about whether to report crimes involving Uber to the victim. But, the Metropolitan Police has raised concerns over its failure to report sexual assaults to the police with bosses at Transport for London.

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The regulator cited several safety issues as the reason for not renewing Uber's licence.

"We're currently engaged in a working group with police to address exactly what the policy for us is going forward," said Andrew Byrne, Uber's head of policy in the UK speaking to MPs on the business, energy and industrial strategy committee probing the gig economy.

The talks with police are the latest in Uber's efforts to regain its permission to operate in the capital from TfL.

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The startup's top boss Dara Khosrowshahi last week flew in from San Francisco for what were hailed as "constructive" talks with TfL. Further talks are due to be held between the two sides, however, they are unlikely to come soon enough to prevent the matter heading to the courts.

Uber is expected to file an official appeal against the decision by the end of the week deadline, kicking off the latest legal battle between the two sides.

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