Transport for London's commissioner Mike Brown said today he is planning fresh talks with Uber's chief executive, raising hopes that a resolution over the ride-hailing app's loss of its London licence can be reached before the matter heads to court.
In September, TfL declared Uber was "not fit and proper" to hold a London licence, before Uber launched an appeal against the decision last month.
The initial hearing is scheduled for 11 December to set court dates for next year, though talks could yet resolve the dispute before the appeals process runs its course.
Brown said of Uber's appeal, that "obviously that's what they had to do", but indicated talks will continue in the meanwhile.
"I'm hoping that in the next few weeks I'll be able to have another meeting at a senior level with their chief executive and we'll see where we go from there, but at the moment yes, there is some dialogue continuing between us," Brown told City A.M..
The TfL commissioner added that Uber has "come up with some interesting ideas about how they might ensure that they can continue to operate", which will entail "abiding by what we require of them, and what Londoners, I think, would expect them to do".
Uber boss Dara Khosrowshahi flew in for talks with the capital's transport body last month, which both sides called a "constructive meeting".
The tech giant said previously it hoped to have further discussions with TfL "as we are determined to make things right in London".
Uber's London licence expired on 30 September, but its service will remain available throughout the entire legal process, which could take a year, if the firm does not resolve the dispute with TfL through discussions.
Last week, the firm received a boost with the renewal of its Brighton licence, meaning Uber will be able to operate for another six months there.
Brighton and Hove Council said it will carefully monitor the outcome of Uber's row with TfL in London to assess future steps for Uber's operation in Brighton.