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Uber in it for the long haul

Tuesday 26th June 2018 | Jake

Westminster Magistrates court has granted the ride-hailing app a 15-month probationary license to operate in the capital, citing the firms willingness to make changes to policy and practices.

Shock waves were felt by people reliant on the cheap service for their drunken journeys home when Transport for London moved to suspend its license to operate in the city last September, although the firm was allowed to operate as it immediately appealed and a two day trial was arranged. Uber conceded TfL had made the correct decision in initially not renewing its license, and has promised the court sweeping changes.

Black-cab drivers are unlikely to be pleased with the court’s decision, with lawyers representing the cabbies dismissing the “Uber in sheep’s clothing” that had promised such change in court. The app is still fighting employment tribunal rulings in the courts, maintaining their drivers are “partners”, thus denying them employer rights. So it’s not all change!

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