Uber launches appeal against the loss of its London licence on deadline day in row with Transport for London

Rebecca Smith
The firm confirmed it had filed its appeal
The firm confirmed it had filed its appeal (Source: Getty)

Uber said today it had filed its appeal against Transport for London's (TfL) decision not to renew its private hire licence for operating in the capital.

The ride-hailing service left it to the last possible day to do so, lodging papers with Westminster magistrates' court today to kick off an appeal process.

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An Uber spokesperson said:

While we have today filed our appeal so that Londoners can continue using our app, we hope to continue having constructive discussions with Transport for London. As our new CEO has said, we are determined to make things right.

Uber's London licence expired on 30 September, after TfL declared it was "not fit and proper" to hold one, but its service will remain available throughout the entire legal process, which could take a year.

However, if talks between Uber and TfL progress, that could mean the situation is resolved without the case coming to court. TfL's commissioner Mike Brown met Uber's new boss earlier this month for crunch talks that were hailed as "constructive", in an effort to hash out their differences.

Uber's chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi wrote an open letter to Londoners last month, apologising for getting things wrong after the firm's licence was pulled. He said: "We will appeal the decision on behalf of millions of Londoners, but we do so with the knowledge that we must also change."

London mayor Sadiq Khan had previously criticised Uber for making "aggressive threats" and bringing unfair pressure on TfL in the wake of the decision. He has since said the "humility" of Uber's boss vindicated TfL's call not to green light the renewal.

Yesterday, Khan said TfL will defend its decision not to renew Uber's licence, and that the legal appeal "will take its course".

"The courts now will consider the appeal from Uber and of course TfL will defend the decision they made on the 22 September," he told London Assembly members.

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