Uber and Taxi Regulator edge

closer to agreement

The London Taxi Regulator has granted a two month licence to Uber Technologies to operate its Taxi hailing app in London.

Up to now the body responsible for licensing taxis in London, Transport for London (TFL) had refused to grant Uber a Private Hire Licence.

TLF has now issued a statement stating that as a result of improvements in governance and culture the two month licence has been granted but Uber must show that its drivers are properly trained and insured. Uber will also have to demonstrate to the satisfaction of TLF that there are systems in place to prevent driver fraud.

In 2017 TFL decided that Uber was not a fit and proper Operator because of safety and governance concerns and Uber appealed that decision and was given a probationary licence.

After losing its licence in 2017 the new CEO of Uber adopted a more conciliatory approach to TFL and issued a statement apologising for previous transgressions which has contributed towards the apparent thawing of relationship between the Regulator and Uber. It is anticipated that barring any surprises eventually Uber will eventually be granted a full licence by TFL.

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