Date
19 October 2018
Uber has been granted a 15-month probationary license in London, subject to strict conditions. Photo: Reuters
Uber has been granted a 15-month probationary license in London, subject to strict conditions. Photo: Reuters

Uber wins probationary license to operate in London

Ride-hailing services giant Uber Technologies on Tuesday won a probationary license to operate in London after it made changes to ease strained relations with city authorities.

The probationary license came as Uber overhauled its policies and personnel in Britain after Transport for London (TfL) refused to renew the firm’s license in September for failings in its approach to reporting serious criminal offences and background checks on drivers, Reuters reports.

Judge Emma Arbuthnot said changes made by Uber’s London unit were sufficient for the firm to be considered “fit and proper” to operate, prompting her grant a 15-month “probationary” license.

The license is much shorter than the five-year license Uber was denied in September, and London Mayor Sadiq Khan was clear that the court ruling is no carte blanche for the firm in London, Reuters noted.

“I believe everyone must play by the same rules, no matter how big or powerful they are,” Khan said in a statement.

“Uber has been put on probation – their 15 month license has a clear set of conditions that TfL will thoroughly monitor and enforce.”

TfL said the conditions imposed by the court will let the transport authority take action if Uber fails to meet standards.

The license conditions for Uber London Ltd (ULL) include implementing a new governance structure, giving TfL notice of what Uber is doing in areas that may be a cause of concern, reporting safety related complaints and having an independent assurance audit report every six months.

ULL must also be notified by its parent firm of any matters that could be relevant to its obligations as an operator, according to the Reuters report.

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