Uber makes last-ditch bid to keep its cars on the streets of London by filing an appeal after being stripped of its licence by Sadiq Khan

  • Uber filed appeal against TFL to strip the taxi app of its right to operate in the city
  • Taxi app has roughly 45,000 drivers in London and will still take rides in appeal
  • Uber was denied licence by TFL in 2017 before a judge restored it on temp basis

Uber has filed an appeal today against a decision by Transport for London to strip the taxi app of its right to operate in the city. 

TFL refused to grant the company a new licence due to what it called a ‘pattern of failures’ on safety and security, the latest stage of a long-running battle with the authorities.

The taxi app has roughly 45,000 drivers in London and will still be able to take rides until the appeals process is exhausted, which could take months or even years. 

The taxi app Uber has filed an appeal today against a decision by Transport for London to strip the taxi app of its right to operate in the city (file image) 

Uber, which was also denied a licence by TFL in 2017 before a judge restored it on a probationary basis, said it had changed its business model over the last two years and would go further, as it lodged its appeal at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

‘We are committed to Londoners and are working closely with TFL to address their concerns and requests, as we have since 2017,’ said the firm’s Northern and Eastern Europe boss Jamie Heywood.

TFL director Helen Chapman said: ‘We found Uber not fit and proper to hold a new private hire operator’s licence on 25 November.’ 

The regulator said in November that unauthorised drivers were able to upload their photos to other Uber accounts so that on at least 14,000 trips a driver other than the advertised one picked up passengers (file image) 

‘We note that Uber has submitted an appeal and it will now be for a magistrate to determine if they are fit and proper.’

The regulator said in November that unauthorised drivers were able to upload their photos to other Uber accounts so that on at least 14,000 trips a driver other than the advertised one picked up passengers.

The Silicon Valley company has run into regulatory barriers and a backlash in several markets, forcing it to withdraw completely from places such as Copenhagen and Hungary.

Black cab drivers in London, who see Uber as a threat to their livelihoods, have blocked streets in protest and argue that they are being unfairly undercut by an inferior service. 

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