Uber wins long-running court battle over Operating in London

Uber won a long-running legal battle on Monday that will allow it to continue operating in London, a major victory for the ride-hailing app that has repeatedly clashed with the city’s transport authorities and its traditional cabdrivers.

A judge on Monday said that Uber had overcome “historical failings” and was now a “fit and proper” operator in what is one of its biggest markets outside of the United States. He granted Uber an 18-month license with conditions.

Uber responded to the ruling, saying that it was “pleased” and “as always, safety is our priority as we work together to keep London moving.”

In November 2019, London’s transport authorities said that they would not renew Uber’s license to operate in the British capital after thousands of trips were made with someone other than the booked driver. One of the biggest concerns was that unauthorized drivers could upload their photographs to an authorized driver’s account, allowing them to pick up passengers. London authorities had estimated that at least 14,000 journeys were made this way.

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