According to Reuters, Uber will have the chance to appeal for its license in London next year. The ride hailing service was rejected in the European market previously. The Regulator Transport for London had rejected Uber’s license renewal back in September and questioned its approach to reporting criminal offences and background checks on drivers.
Although this pending litigation is affecting the company, over 40,000 drivers in private hire vehicles on British roads can continue to work until the appeals process is completed, which may go on for many years.
During a case management hearing on Monday, the chief magistrate, Emma Arbuthnot hopes the appeal will be heard within five days of April 30th, but the initial start date may be postponed due to scheduling mishaps.
Hearings next week will determine if the GMB trade union and the London Taxi Drivers’ Association will be allowed to participate in the case.
“We continue having constructive discussions with Transport for London in order to resolve this,” an Uber spokesman said ahead of Monday’s hearing. “As our new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has said, we are determined to make things right.”
This is not the only blow to Uber this year, executives of the company leaving due to sexual harassment allegations as well as failed protection of confidential data and business practices have led the company astray.