Monday, January 22News For London

Uber’s appeal will not be heard until Spring 2018

Uber’s appeal against TFL’s decision, to not renew their licence will not be heard until the spring of 2018.

Judge Emma Arbuthnot proposed two dates, April 30 or June 25th for the five-day trial at Westminster magistrates court on Monday morning.

TFL’s decision came after the company was declared not “fit and proper” after a series of failures over passenger safety.

TfL said that the company’s approach and conduct “demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications.”

The company is in the process of repairing its reputation after they were hit with several controversies including harassment and a data breach that is thought to have affected millions.

Chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi flew into London two months ago to talk with the regulator. At present the company has over forty thousand drivers in London, and five million users in London. London is considered to be one of Uber’s largest and more profitable markets.

A pre-trial will take place starting 19th of December to consider applications from the GMB trade union and taxi drivers group to become involved with the case. Uber has argued that the GMB and LTDA have preciously attempted to challenge Ubers legality in the past and should not be allowed to participate.

It is expected that the appeal could take years. London Mayor Sadiq kahn said at question time on Thursday: “My understanding is that it could go on for a number of years”.

Uber is allowed to continue to operate until the appeals process is exhausted. The Mayor has spoken extensively of his support of TfL’s decision.

 

 

Subedit: Nikki Onafuye