Uber wins temporary London operating license

Uber wins temporary London operating license
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Uber is being awarded a 15-month probationary license to keep operating in London, after a judge ruled that the company cleaned up its act since regulators moved to block it from the city last year, according to The Guardian.

“We are pleased with today’s decision,” Tom Elvidge, Uber’s UK general manager said in a statement. “We will continue to work with [Transport for London] to address their concerns and earn their trust, while providing the best possible service for our customers.”

In September, Transport for London (TfL) chose not to renew Uber’s license, arguing that the company was not “fit and proper” to operate in the city.

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Uber argued during its appeal that the decision had been the right one at the time but that it had since made a number of changes to appease regulators.

The ruling from Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot is a major win for Uber, which has been trying to remake its public image since its embattled former CEO Travis Kalanick was ousted last year.

In recent months, the company’s UK branch has promised to proactively report crimes to police and to make sure drivers only operate where they are licensed.