Uber spared from London ban despite ‘historical failings’

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Uber has secured its right to continue operating in London after a judge upheld its appeal against Transport for London (TfL).

The ride-hailing giant has been granted a license to work in the capital, almost a year after TfL rejected its application over safety concerns.

It ends uncertainty fort eh 45,000 drivers who use the taxi app in London.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court said Uber was now a “fit and proper” operator “despite historical failings”.

Among many concerns raised by TfL was a flaw in Uber’s system that allowed unauthorized people to upload their photographs to legitimate drivers’ accounts, which them allowed them to pick up passengers.

The court heard that 24 drivers shared their accounts with 20 others, leading to 14,788 rides.

Uber’s regional general manager for Northern and Eastern Europe, Jamie Heywood said: “It was not what we would do now. It was inadequate, we could have done better.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said TfL was “absolutely right” not to renew Uber’s license last year but acknowledged the company had “made improvements”.

He added, however, “I can assure Londoners that TfL will continue to closely monitor Uber and will not hesitate to take swift action should they fail to meet the strict standards required to protect passengers.”

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