Uber appeals London ban with hearing likely in December

Uber appeals London ban with hearing likely in December

Last month, Uber lost its license to operate in London, but had 21 days to appeal - 21 days later, it's now officially registered that appeal, submitting the necessary documents to Westminster Magistrates' Court.

The company faced a deadline Friday - lodge the appeal or stop its drivers from working in one of the largest cities in the world. Uber plans to put forward further reasons for its appeal before a planned hearing on December 11. "As our new CEO (Dara Khosrowshahi) has said, we are determined to make things right".

Today was Uber's last day to appeal Transport for London's decision not to renew its licence.

Despite the decision from TfL, and Uber's licence expiring on 30 September, Londoners will still be able to hail Uber cars until the full legal process is finalised, which could take up to a year or more.

London mayor Sadiq Khan has since indicated that the transport authority is willing to re-consider if safety concerns are addressed.

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New global Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi met TfL Commissioner Mike Brown for talks earlier this month, which both sides said were "constructive" as the US$70 billion [AU$89 billion] firm tries to fix its relationship with the regulator.

He also apologised for the companys past actions and promised to change. He didn't go into specifics, but TfL said it banned Uber because of the company's alleged use of its secret "Greyball" software to avoid regulators, and its approach to reporting crime. The company launched a campaign to win over its London customers.

Londoners can keep on using the Uber ride-hailing app.

According to Uber, over 3.5 million London customers will be affected by the decision along with 40,000 drivers who will be forced to look for other work.

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